epilepsy develops between ages 12 and 18. People with
the disorder tend to have seizures that cause jerking in the shoulders or arms.
Generalized tonic-clonic seizures and absence seizures may be present along
with myoclonic seizures. Seizures often occur early in the morning.
People with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy have normal intelligence and
do not have other brain or nerve disorders. A family history of myoclonic
seizures is present in about half of the people with the disorder. But the exact
cause is unknown. Most people require lifelong treatment with
Coping with a teenager can be difficult for any parent, but teens with epilepsy pose additional problems. What if your teen won't take his medicine? Will he be safe driving? Will she put herself at risk of having more seizures by drinking or taking drugs?
Parents don't have complete control over their teens, as much as they may wish to. And letting your teen have greater independence is crucial for healthy development. Once your teen goes away to college or moves out of the home, you're going to...