Essay Epilepsy Is The Third Most Prevalent Neurologic Disorder
Matthew 17:15-16 states, “Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him” (NLT). Epilepsy is a lifelong disorder that causes seizures. It affects approximately sixty-five million people across the world. Of that sixty-five million, three million people reside in the United States. Epilepsy is the fourth most prevalent neurologic disorder in the world (Epilepsy Foundation, n.d.). Because it affects people from all age groups, education on epilepsy needs to be more widespread.
Purpose and Learning Objectives
The purpose of this paper is to define what primary epilepsy is, to discuss traditional, complementary, and Biblical treatments of primary epilepsy, to present patient teaching over treatments and establish the nurse’s role in caring for patients with primary epilepsy. The reader will be able to:
• Explain what epilepsy is,
• Delineate between different types of therapies for epilepsy,
• Teach how to take medications, and
• Identify signs and symptoms to report.
Reason for Topic
My reason for writing this paper was to learn more about a disease of the neurological system and therapies that treat it. Epilepsy stood out to me because my cousin suffered from severe epilepsy when she was a child. I can recall the moment when they had to air flight her to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for treatment while she was having a…