Epilepsy that causes generalized seizures is more
common in children than in adults. Unlike partial seizures, which begin in a
specific, often damaged area in the brain, generalized seizures cannot be
traced to a specific location or focus. The abnormal electrical activity that
causes seizures begins over the entire surface of the brain. And these seizures tend
to affect the entire body.
Epilepsy that causes generalized seizures may have no known cause
(idiopathic), or it may result from another condition (symptomatic). Drug
therapy is the usual treatment approach. But surgery may be helpful in
Here's a common scenario for the parent of a child with epilepsy: You find that your son has left his shoes in the middle of the living room floor for the umpteenth time, or that he still hasn't cleaned his room three weeks after you asked him, or that the garbage truck came and went this morning but he never dragged the cans to the curb.
So you decide it's time for a talk. But as you approach your son to lay down the law, you stop short. What if my yelling at him causes a seizure?
This is a common...