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Grand Mal Epilepsy and Receiving Social Security Disability

Epilepsy is a word that has frightened people. The word “epilepsy” comes from a Greek word meaning “to possess, seize or hold.” Epilepsy is a medical condition that has been greatly misunderstood. Epilepsy is not contagious, and people with this condition are not “crazy”. At any given time, about 50 million people have epilepsy worldwide. About 2.5 million of those people with epilepsy are Americans. More than 180,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every year. Epilepsy usually begins in children or people over age 65, but it can occur at any age. Epilepsy is actually a group of related disorders that are characterized by recurring seizures. These related disorders may have vastly different symptoms, but they all involve episodic abnormal electrical activity in your brain. Epilepsy disrupts the transmission of electrical signals in your brain. When this happens a seizure takes place. Grand mal epilepsy, which is also known as a tonic-clonic seizure, is the kind of epilepsy that most people picture when they think about epilepsy. Grand mal epilepsy involves generalized seizures that affect your entire brain. These seizures begin with stiffening of your limbs (tonic phase). This is usually followed by jerking of your limbs and face (clonic phase), although some people only have the tonic phase and some people only experience the clonic phase of a grand mal seizure. There are several signs and symptoms that you may have with grand mal epilepsy. Some of these are: §  An aura – This is a kind of warning sign that a grand mal seizure is about to take place. It varies from person to person. It may be a strange sense of smell, a feeling of numbness or feeling a sense of unexplained dread. §  A severe headache – This happens to most but not all people after a seizure. §  Confusion – A time of disorientation may follow a seizure that is known as postictal confusion. §  A scream – Some people cry out at the start of a seizure. §  Unresponsiveness after a seizure – Unconsciousness may continue for several minutes after a seizure has ended. §  Fatigue – Sleepiness is usual after a seizure. §  Loss of bladder and bowel control – This may take place during or after a seizure. You or a loved one may have grand mal epilepsy. This disorder and/or complications resulting from or other disabling conditions along with it may be the cause of your disability and need for financial assistance. You or your loved one may consider applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by grand mal epilepsy and/or complications resulting from or other disabling conditions along with it. You or your loved one may have already applied and been turned down. If you or your loved one decides to reapply or appeal the denial, remember this. The fact is that people who have a disability lawyer in their corner like the one you will find at are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.