WHAT IS EPILEPSY?
These can include:
• Low oxygen during birth.
• Head injuries during birth or as the result of an accident.
• Brain tumours.
• Genetic conditions that cause brain injuries.
• Infections such as meningitis or encephalitis.
• Strokes or mini-strokes (TIAs).
• Abnormal levels of substances in the body such as sodium or blood sugar.
• Use of some medications, including recreational drugs such as cocaine, and some antidepressants.
Some types of epilepsy can be inherited. However, in around 70% of all known cases, no reason for the epilepsy diagnosis is ever discovered.
• Keeping blood-sugar levels stable. That means not overdoing sweet and starchy foods and making sure you don’t skip meals.
• Getting enough sleep.
• Avoiding emotional stress.
• Not overdoing alcohol or using recreational drugs.
IS IT EPILEPSY?
• Having very low blood sugar.
• Fainting attacks due to a drop in blood pressure.
• Problems with blood circulation and the heart.
• TIA (a mini-stroke).