All About Epilepsy Research Paper

All About Epilepsy
An explanation of epilepsy, including causes, diagnosis and treatments.
# 128212 | 2,262 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jul 05, 2010 in Medical and Health (General)

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This paper takes an in depth look at epilepsy. It answers questions and focuses on topics including, what it is, what causes it, how it's diagnosed and treatment options. In addition, relevance to Anne Fadiman's book "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" is discussed and an annotative bibliography provided for all sources.

What is Epilepsy?
What Causes Epilepsy?
How is Epilepsy Diagnosed?
How is Epilepsy Treated?
Living with Epilepsy.

From the Paper:

"Even today, the subject of epilepsy is one we tread around uncomfortably. For too many years, epilepsy evoked grotesque images of a person losing consciousness, seemingly unaware of what's going on. His or her body is thrashing and jerking around, convulsing in uncontrollable seizures, while foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog. Although this more likely represents the made-for-TV-movie version, it isn't too far away from what can happen, and frightening to witnesses, nevertheless.
"Before going any further, it is important to distinguish epilepsy from the more general term, seizure disorder, and be aware they are not the same thing. While epilepsy, a condition of the nervous system, is considered a seizure disorder, not all seizure disorders are a result of epilepsy. Seizures, often with no apparent cause, occur for a large variety of complicated reasons, even which doctors cannot figure out. This paper will only discuss the seizure disorder, known as epilepsy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • A to Z topics, health & disease information. Status Epilepticus. Penn State Children's Hospital. October 31, 2006. This source provides health and disease information, medical care, resource and education on medical topics from A to Z. This particular entry discusses status epilepticus, answering the following questions, What is it? Who gets it? What causes it? What are the symptoms? How is it diagnosed? What is the treatment? Self-care tips.
  • Adamolekun, Bola, MD. Section: Brain, Spinal Cord, and Nerve Disorders. Subject: Seizure Disorders. Topics: Seizure Disorders. The Merck Manual of Medical Information-Second Home Edition. March 2008. This is the portion of an online manual that discusses seizure disorders, their causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It provided extensive information, including a long list of causes of seizures; illustration of brain activity during a seizure, drugs used to treat seizures, their use and possible side effects, and provided links to related information.
  • Dowshen, Steven, MD. Epilepsy. TeensHealth(r). (c)1995-2009 The Nemours Foundation. November 2007. A good source about epilepsy presented from a teenaged perspective. Explains what epilepsy is, what causes it, understanding seizures, what do doctors do and how to live with epilepsy. Much of the information is presented in bullet form.
  • Epilepsy. (c)1998-2009 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). April 28, 2009, Very comprehensive, 10+ page article explaining all basic information about epilepsy, in easy to understand language. This goes into more detail about the different type of seizures, risk factors and complications than other sources I've read. Also provided is an extensive list of what a person who suspects he/she has epilepsy should do to prepare for doctor's appointment and what type of questions to ask. A thorough explanation of the kind of tests used for diagnosis, side effects of medications, other therapies and coping measures.
  • Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches you and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1997. Powerful true story of a refugee family from Laos whose infant daughter, Lia Lee is diagnosed with severe epilepsy, at an American hospital. As the Lees are unable to understand or speak English, or read or write Hmong, this story depicts one of the most outrageous and tragic tales of a complete breakdown of communication, due to language and cultural barriers.

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