What Do You Know About Your Epilepsy?

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A recent study undertaken by St. James's Hospital and Trinity College Dublin found that many people with epilepsy are not well informed about their condition. The study consisted in part of a 19-question True Or False questionnaire. You can test your own knowledge of epilepsy by taking the test here. Don't forget to take a look at the study results back on epilepsy. Ie. Our special National Epilepsy Week information evening in Dublin next week will look at the questions in more detail and also answer any questions you might have yourself. Entry is free and all are welcome. Read moreOur special NAtional Epilepsy O


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    People with epilepsy should avoid strenuous work because this can provoke seizures. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    There is no evidence to support this claim. However people with epilepsy have to be careful that they do get sufficient rest and not overburden their metabolic system

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  • 2. 

    An EEG can always prove the diagnosis of epilepsy.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    An EEG is an aid in the diagnosis of epilepsy, it does not provide conclusive proof that a person has/ hasn’t got epilepsy.

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  • 3. 

    People with epilepsy are as capable as other people

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    There is no evidence to suggest otherwise. A person with epilepsy may be incapacitated during a seizure but this will be brief and temporary.

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  • 4. 

    All people with seizures should avoid working with open machinery

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Every person with epilepsy should be considered for suitability for work based on their seizure type; frequency and the degree of control they have attained. Obviously they should not expose themselves or others to potential risk.

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  • 5. 

    Every seizure destroys a number of nerve cells in the brain

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It is only if a person experiences very frequent and very lengthy seizures that this may become a risk

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  • 6. 

    People with seizures should not swim without an accompanying person

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It is also advisable to notify the lifeguard present so he/ she can be alert to any problems that may arise

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  • 7. 

    All people with epilepsy should avoid flashing or strobing lights (eg. Disco lights, TV or computer screens

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Photosensitive epilepsy (the flickering light/ image triggers the seizure) affects only 3 – 5% of the total epilepsy population, so the majority of people with epilepsy are not at risk. It is safer however to avoid contact with strobe lighting.

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  • 8. 

    In most cases, doctors can control epileptic seizures with medication

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Up to 70% of people with epilepsy can potentially have their seizures controlled chiefly through medication

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  • 9. 

    If your seizures are controlled for some months, you can reduce the dose of anti-epileptic medication

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A person with epilepsy should never alter their medication regime unless advised to do so by their medical team

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  • 10. 

    All people with epilepsy have similar symptoms 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    There are many different types of epilepsy which affect people in different ways. It is important to be able to communicate your own seizure type so as to ensure you can get the most effective support where needed.

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  • 11. 

    If a patient expects a seizure, he/she should take an additional dose of anti-epileptic medication

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A person with epilepsy should never alter their medication regime unless advised to do so by their medical team

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  • 12. 

    On job applications, a patient should always disclose his/her epilepsy condition 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    There is no legal obligation to disclose any medical condition, except during a medical examination. People with epilepsy should never put themselves or others at risk and to ensure one’s own safety it may important to disclose the condition

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  • 13. 

    People with epilepsy can take an active part in sports

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    People with epilepsy should take an active part in all activities. They should be aware of potential dangers and take sensible precautions to ensure their safety.

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  • 14. 

    An epileptic seizure always results in loss of consciousness

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    While some seizure do involve a loss of consciousness there are many where the person will be fully alert to the seizure activity but have no control over what is happening. These are called Simple Partial Seizures.

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  • 15. 

    People who seize only during sleep may hold a driver’s license

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This is one of the exemptions under the Driving Regulations for people with epilepsy. For persons who have seizures exclusively in sleep they may be declared fit to drive once this pattern has been established for no less than one year. (Previously 2 years). If a further occurrence of a seizure happens in waking a one year seizure freedom period is required.

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  • 16. 

    Everyone can have a seizure, given the appropriate circumstances 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Epileptic activity can start in any brain. 60% of people who develop epilepsy have no underlying damage of developmental defect in their brain.

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  • 17. 

    Blood samples can be used to measure the concentration of antiepileptic medication in the body

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It can help identify if a person may be on too strong a dosage of medication

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  • 18. 

    Epilepsy is a symptom of mental illness

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Epilepsy is not connected to mental illness it is a physical condition affecting brain functionality

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  • 19. 

    If persons with epilepsy drive, they must inform the driving authorities about their condition

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    In the UK a person who is diagnosed is obliged to notify the Driving Licence Authority. Here in Ireland there is no such obligation. However when applying for or renewing a licence a person would be obliged to disclose that they have epilepsy.

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