Because absence seizures are usually quite brief, tend to strike during times of inactivity, and closely resemble daydreaming or "being off in one's own world," they may pass unnoticed by others and go undiagnosed for some time.
Absence seizures fall into two categories: typical and atypical.
Typical absence seizures begin abruptly, last 10 to 30 seconds, and resolve themselves without complication. The person simply stops in his tracks (and/or mid-sentence), and enters a staring, trance-like state...
The Child Neurology Foundation is a patient advocate organization. The foundation provides funding for research and educational programs for patients and families.
Epilepsy Foundation -- Epilepsy.com 8301 Professional Place East Suite 200 Landover, MD 20785-2353 Phone: (800) 332-1000 www.epilepsy.com E-mail: ContactUs@efa.org
Epilepsy.com offers in-depth information for patients with epilepsy and their families. In addition to data on diagnosis and treatment, the website has tips on living with epilepsy, news, a resource library and information on epilepsy research.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke National Institutes of Health PO Box 5801 Bethesda, MD 20824 (800) 352-9424 www.ninds.nih.gov/
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a part of the National Institutes of Health. NINDS conducts and supports research into neurological disorders (such as epilepsy). The NINDS website offers information on funding, clinical trials and the latest news on research and treatment of neurological illnesses.
The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies 515 Ocean Ave,, #602N Santa Monica, CA 90402 Phone: (310) 393-2347 www.charliefoundation.org
The Charlie Foundation provides information on the ketogenic diet treatment for epilepsy, including educational programs and training seminars for health care professionals, research support, and patient education materials (including books and videos).