Growing up with epilepsy meant that I spent much of my time feeling disoriented and sick. I was diagnosed at 8, after years of having seizures at night that no one could explain and I described as “nightmares”.
Many people think seizures must look like foaming-at-the-mouth convulsions. While these happen, and have, in the past, happened to me, it’s a stereotype and generalization. Seizures are caused by a variety of different neurological conditions, can occur in different regions of the brain, and present differently with each individual.
I was eventually diagnosed with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, which occurs in the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. I’ve experienced both simple and complex partial seizures.
The link above will take you to an expanded version of this post, with a brief explanation of how Temporal Lobe Epilepsy has made me a better person, and helped me to be a better parent.