Sunday, July 02, 2006


If someone looks blank and stares for a few seconds or minutes, perhaps with a slight twitching or blinking, or appears confused and distracted, possibly repeating a series of movements, such as plucking at their clothes, they may have a form of epilepsy. Dr Pamela Crawford, Consultant Neurologist at Bootham Park Hospital, says, "The person may be unaware of the seizure. Be reassuring and go over anything that they may have missed. Do not try to stop the seizure." If this happens to you, ask your GP to refer you to a specialist. Effective treatment is available and is important, since an absence may occur while you are driving or looking after children.

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