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Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures affecting various parts of the brain. Symptoms and types of seizures vary from individual. Seizures can be caused by trauma to the brain.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is characterized by external injury to the brain, hard enough to affect neurological function. Symptoms don’t always occur immediately after injury occurs. TBI can affect and impair cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions within the body, and effects of injury vary greatly from individual to individual.
“Brain injury is unpredictable in its consequences. Brain injury affects who we are, the way we think, act, and feel. It can change everything about us in a matter of seconds.”
— Brain Injury Association of America
Decrease your risk for traumatic brain injury through proper helmet use during contact sports, while riding motorized vehicles and bicycling.
Utilize proper seatbelt and car-seat use. Exercise caution while engaging in these activities. Keep up to date on new helmet safety standards.
If you think you may have endured a head injury, or that you are experiencing seizures seek medical attention.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Statistics
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.7 million individuals sustain a TBI each year, with 75% occurring from concussions or other mild forms of traumatic brain injury
- Symptoms of Concussion can be cognitive, physical, and emotional. Some of these include difficulty thinking and remembering, headaches, blurred vision, nausea, change in sleep habits, and change in mood.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 2.0 million Americans are affected by Epilepsy. They also estimate that 10% of individuals will experience some type of seizure during their lifetime, with 3% being diagnosed with Epilepsy by age 80.