What does it mean to be “seizure smart”? It means being knowledgeable about how to help in the event that someone has a seizure in your presence. Given that one in 100 Americans has epilepsy – and one in 10 adults will have a seizure sometime during their life – this type of basic seizure first aid could help save someone’s life at work, at a restaurant or just walking down the street.
In honor of Epilepsy Awareness Month, the National Epilepsy Foundation has created a short interactive quiz that helps you become “seizure smart.” The goal is to get five million Americans to take and distribute the quiz. Once you’ve gotten “seizure smart,” you can then help raise awareness and proudly post your completion certificate on Facebook for everyone to see.
Got an affinity for posting things on Facebook anyway? You’re the perfect candidate for the Get Seizure Smart Photo Contest. Categories include “Funniest or Silliest,” “Most Impactful,” “Best Animal” and more. All photos must be submitted by November 30th at 3 p.m. EST. Learn about other Epilepsy Awareness Month activities taking place each day of the month here.
At PatientsLikeMe, we have 4,456 patients who report having epilepsy, with 71% of them female and 29% of them male. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, headaches and memory problems, while some of the most commonly reported treatments include Levetiracetam (Keppra), Lamotrigine (Lamictal) and Topiramate (Topamax). (Click the links for each of these anticonvulsant medications to read hundreds of treatment evaluations submitted by our patients, who share their experiences with dosages, side effects, efficacy, costs and more.)
If you have epilepsy, join our growing community to share treatment data, support and advice with those who can relate. For everyone else, get “seizure smart” and help make a difference today – and quite possibly in the future.