Reviewer: Allison Martin
Epilepsy and the Family by Richard Lechtenberg is a detailed guide to epilepsy and its impact on the individual and the family. (Epilepsy is defined as the tendency to have recurring seizures.) According to Dr. Lechtenberg, a person who is vulnerable to seizures has a lowered seizure threshold. It may be temporarily lowered or it may be chronically lowered. Individuals with chronically lowered seizure thresholds tend to have recurrent seizures under conditions that do not provoke seizures in most of the healthy population. Dr. Lechtenberg describes a variety of structural and chemical abnormalities in the brain such as brain tumors, malformation of blood vessels, central nervous system infection, head injury, or stroke as examples of factors that can lead to seizures. Hereditary patterns also occur.
The chapter on children with seizures is exceptional. It addresses causes, management of childhood seizures, learning and behavior problems, prognosis, seizure-like disorders, and treatment. The general discussions of diagnosis of seizures and treatment and medication will be useful to parents as well.
However, as much of the information is not age specific, it can be overwhelming and unduly alarming. In addition, there is a bit too much emphasis on parent's tendency to overprotect their children.
Bottom line - parents will find this book provides a comprehensive overview of seizures, from which they will gain an in-depth knowledge of seizures and how to live with them..
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ADHD | Adoption | Allergies and Asthma | Autism |Behavior | Cerebral Palsy
Learning Disabilities | Parenting (Special Needs) | Parenting (General)
Prematurity | Seizures | Sensory Integration | Speech | Vision
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