Suicidal tendencies high among people with epilepsy – experts

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LAGOS – Medical experts have said that although the exact causes epilepsy were unknown, it could be managed either a drug therapy or surgery.

Dr Ayoyimika Adeife, a neurologist at Dolu Medical Centre, Egbeda, Lagos, stated this in an interview with the News Agency (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.

Adeifa, however, said many contributing factors had been identified include low oxygen during birth, brain tumors or head injuries due accidents in adulthood. She said epilepsy a disorder sparked by sudden recurrent abnormal electrical activity in the brain that causes the patient lose consciousness and control the body.[eap_ad_1] She said that the patient might foam from the mouth, bite the tongue, experience uncontrollable shaking, and even urinate on his or her body. Adeife expressed concern that people with epilepsy were often stigmatised and rejected due to the belief that such seizures were signs spiritual attack. “Many people with this disorder live with an ever present fear having seizures in places. “The condition often affects the live of people with epilepsy because their friends, families and coworkers relate with them differently. “This bad treatment has caused many people with epilepsy suffer increased risk of poor self-esteem, depression, and suicidal tendencies,” she said. Another neurologist, Dr Sunday Adeoye, said the best method of diagnosing the disorder brain scan. He, however, said it unfortunate that machines required perform the scan were expensive and easily accessible many Nigerians. “Many cases of epilepsy can be prevented by wearing seatbelts, bicycle helmets, and taking other precautionary measures against head injuries,” he said. Adeoye advised people to diligently treat any heart , infections, hypertension and other conditions that could affect the brain and result in epilepsy. He said that 80 per cent of epileptics could be treated with anti-convulsive drugs to reduce the frequency of seizures. He said surgery an optional treatment, adding that about a third of the patents could be controlled with drugs.

He stated that very few epilepsy surgeries were performed in the country. (NAN)[eap_ad_4]