Oliver Sachs reflects on ecastatic seizures in the Atlantic. He acknowledges that “Ecstatic seizures are rare — they only occur in something like 1 or 2 percent of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy.” This is not how most people experience seizures at all. But it is intesting to know about.
Art of Epilepsy does not provide medical advice and has no opinion about whether the ideas it presents represent good or bad medical advice. Consult your doctor, as they say. Nonetheless we thought this was an interesting bit of seizure culture, a therapist who addresses seizures through yoga.
Here’s an article exploring dating when you have narcolepsy. Apparently narcolepsy is associated with a different part of the brain from epilepsy and is much rarer. But the challenges described here seem related to the challenges of living with epilepsy.
Dating with narcolepsy: Romance is hard for everyone — particularly when you have a condition that makes you mysteriously collapse
This story in the New York Times is definitely not about epilepsy. But it is about seizures, an epidemic of them, with no apparent organic cause, among girls at a high school. Interesting.
UA researchers have identified a previously unknown mutation in a sodium channel protein as the likely cause of a severe form of epilepsy. Only 10 years ago, deciphering the genetic information from one individual in a matter of weeks to find a certain disease-causing genetic mutation would have been written off as science fiction.
In this news report epilepsy patients were able to contribute to a study of language processing by virtue of the fact that they had already had electrodes implanted in their brains to control their epilepsy.
The abstract of the original scientific paper is found here.
The New Scientist also covers this story.
“Social and cultural representation of Epilepsy in elderly aged 65 and more, during a community survey in two French Departments.” This French study found that the stigma associated with epilepsy is declining.