Dance Therapy and Epilepsy

Welcome to our Living with Epilepsy Series as our founder Natalie Boehm discusses dance therapy, the physical and mental benefits of dance, and the importance of socialization when battling epilepsy.

Tonic-Clonic Seizures

By: Nicholas Parekh What is a seizure? Seizures are neurological events characterized by sudden surges of electrical activity in the brain and are common in epileptic patients. Seizures usually last one to two minutes, and seizures that last for more than five minutes are considered to be a medical emergency. Patients are diagnosed with epilepsy […]

Refractory Epilepsy

By: Annemarie Dechellis What is Refractory Epilepsy? Refractory epilepsy is a type of epilepsy that is characterized by resistance to seizure medications (i.e. AEDs). Refractory epilepsy may also be referred to as drug resistant, treatment non-responder, intractable, or pharmacoresistant epilepsy,  (Engel, 2014; French, 2016). For some time there was not a clear definition of what […]

Living with Childhood Epilepsy in Canada: A Memoir

By: Riley Young Riley Young is a pre-med student living in Vancouver who battled childhood epilepsy. Riley is one of our interns who is helping to educate society about epilepsy. The Defeating Epilepsy Foundation thanks Riley for sharing his story and working to help those battling epilepsy. Part 1 – The Beginning My life changed […]

Defeating Epilepsy with Dr. Ian Bone: The Social Impact of Having Epilepsy

Join our founder Natalie Boehm as she discusses with Dr. Ian Bone the social impact of having epilepsy. Dr. Bone is a neurologist and the author of Sacred Lives: An account of the history, cultural associations, and social impact of epilepsy. Dr. Bone has a son who is battling epilepsy. Dr. Bone is working to […]

Epileptic Infantile Spasms

Welcome to our Understanding Epilepsy Series as our founder Natalie Boehm discusses what epileptic infantile spasms are, the causes of infantile spasms, how doctors determine if a patient is having infantile spasms, and treatment options.

Gelastic and Dacrystic Seizures

By: Annemarie DeChellis What are Gelastic and Dacrystic seizures? Gelastic and Dacrystic seizures are rare types of focal or partial seizures (Kerrigan &Iyengar, 2017). The term Gelastic seizures comes from the Greek word, gelastikos, meaninglaughter, and are characterized by brief involuntary episodes of laughter (Daly & Mulder, 1957).Similarly, Dacrystic seizures are named after the Greek […]

Clonic Seizures

Welcome to our Understanding Epilepsy Series as our founder Natalie Boehm discusses what clonic seizures are, symptoms of clonic seizures, what to do if someone has a clonic seizure, and treatment options.