Non-convulsive epilepsy is characterized by prolonged seizure and altered mental state. The affected individuals will have seizures without the bending and extension of limbs as shown in convulsive epilepsy. This type of epilepsy can either have complex partial seizures or absence of seizures. The main characteristics of non-convulsive epilepsy involve long-lasting stupor, staring and unresponsiveness which can last half an hour, hours or days. Though it is not life-threatening or can cause damage to the brain, it is still an abnormality and should be provided with treatment.
Non-convulsive epilepsy can be caused by several factors, and one of them is epilepsy. However, according to some studies, there are other factors that can increase the likelihood of getting non-convulsive epilepsy. These are:
- Adverse reactions to certain drugs or viewed as a side effect
- As withdrawal symptoms of a medication such as anticonvulsants
- Under or insufficient dosage of certain medications
- Dieting or fasting while taking anticonvulsant medication
- Infections such as gastroenteritis while on an anticonvulsant
- Disturbances in metabolic rates caused by systemic diseases like kidney and liver infections
Right before each attack, there are certain behaviors that can be noticed and will possibly alert the individual and their significant others that he or she is about to get an episode. These are:
- Somewhat unresponsive when talked to
- There is speech disturbance such as slurred and labored speech
- Reduced ability to function properly
- Dream-like state
- The individual is easily confused or agitated
- May also find the usual tasks or activities he does to be challenging all of a sudden
- There is subtle eye twitching or excessive eye blinking.
- Drooling may be also present in children affected by non-convulsive epilepsy
If you think you are suffering from Non-Convulsive Epilepsy you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Non-Convulsive Epilepsy as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).