Three million Americans and 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy. Seizure disorders affect more people than brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy combined. One of the world’s oldest and most mysterious diseases, it is still often kept secret and carries great stigma – even in the 21st century. SEIZED: Inside the Mystery of Epilepsy brings epilepsy out of secrecy and into a new era of hope and understanding. The one-hour documentary features leaders in epilepsy research and the personal struggles of four individuals and their families as they face the huge challenges of living with epilepsy while courageously searching for new treatments.
How to Help
- Attract attention to the need for more research to find new treatments and a cure.
- Educate people on how to help if they see someone having a seizure and increase understanding of this common neurological condition.
- Empower people to feel comfortable disclosing their seizure disorders, reducing the potential of isolation due to the lack of understanding that exists around epilepsy.
Who Can Benefit?
Epilepsy affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, at any time; living with it can be challenging for both patients and their loved ones. Bringing seizure disorders to the attention of the general population is vital in order to bring it out of secrecy and into a new era of hope and understanding.
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What is Epilepsy?
3 million Americans have epilepsy. It is the fourth most common neurological condition and affects more people than brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy combined. Yet this disorder is largely shrouded in mystery and carries great stigma. In this clip, learn the facts about this mysterious condition and how seizures can display differently in each individual.
The Sacred Disease: Epilepsy Through the Ages
65 million people worldwide have epilepsy. It has been called “the sacred disease” and has been a source of fascination and fear for all of recorded history. This lack of understanding has led to centuries of stigma that still exist today. In this clip, facts are separated from fiction to bring epilepsy out of secrecy and into a new era of hope and understanding.
Head Injuries & Epilepsy in the Military
As far back as World War II, it’s been known that half of all soldiers who suffer head wounds in combat will go on to develop epilepsy. Now hundreds of thousands of veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home with a different kind of damage to their brains – damage they often don’t even know they have. In this clip, learn more about the traumatic brain injury soldiers are facing from explosions and blasts that is leading to higher rates of seizure disorders in veterans.