Epilepsy, Neurological Disorder Not Demonic Attack – Neuropsychiatrist Uchendu

A medical expert has warned against treating seizures with kid gloves, noting that the disorder is a medical condition that can be managed and not a spiritual attack caused by demonic forces.

Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Ifedilichukwu Uchendu explained that seizure disorders, also known as epilepsy, are a group of neurological disorders characterized by recurrent and unprovoked movement.

He explained that the condition occurs due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain, which leads to temporary changes in behaviour, sensations, or consciousness.

In an interview with DAILY POST, Dr Uchendu said some seizures affect both sides of the brain, while its other form could be localised in an area of the brain but nonetheless cause the same amount of damage.

He said, ”In generalized seizures, there are widespread electrical discharges throughout the brain and it typically affects both sides simultaneously but focal seizures originate in a specific area of the brain.

”It is not a spiritual attack caused by spirits or demonic forces. It is recommended to consult a medical professional for accurate diagnosis, management, and treatment”.

Warning individuals who experience seizures to immediately seek medical intervention, Dr Uchendu noted that the mental consequence of the condition could become grave if not handled as quickly as possible.

The expert highlighted cognitive impairment, behavioural and emotional issues, learning disabilities, especially in children and neurological disorders as some of the consequences of seizures.

He explained that seizure episodes when not monitored could also lead to grave injuries or physical trauma resulting from falls, fractures, blows to the head and even burns.

”Mental consequences such as prolonged or uncontrolled seizures can affect cognitive functions, including memory, attention, and information processing speed, he said.

”Seizure disorders may be associated with behavioural and emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, aggression, impulsivity, and social difficulties.

”Children with seizure disorders are at a higher risk of learning disabilities and academic underachievement.

”An individual may experience a postictal state characterized by confusion, fatigue, headache, muscle soreness, and difficulty speaking or understanding language. The duration and intensity of the postictal state can vary.

Dr Uchendu warned that seizures could potentially become life-threatening when it enters the Status Epilepticus stage, saying, ”this is when seizures occur continuously or in succession without recovery of consciousness and requires immediate medical intervention.

”It’s important to note that not all individuals with seizure disorders will experience the same mental and neurological consequences. The impact can vary greatly depending on the individual, the frequency and severity of seizures, and the effectiveness of treatment.

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