FAQs About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the more common brain disorders and in the United States alone it’s believed that more than 5 million people have dealt with this condition. Roughly one percent of Americans suffer active epilepsy. If a loved one is dealing with epilepsy and you live near Dallas, TX contact Celeste Brain Health. Dr. Sumul Modi and Dr. Devanshi Dharaiya would be happy to assist.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a seizure disorder. When someone suffers from a seizure, it’s due to uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain. This activity can cause abnormalities, such as uncontrollable shaking, limpness, and collapse.

If someone suffers from reoccurring seizures, it’s considered epilepsy. Anyone who has suffered a seizure for the first time, reoccurring or not, should talk with a medical professional.

What Triggers Epilepsy?

Many different things can trigger seizures. Anxiety, stress, insomnia, alcohol, and drugs, among other things, can cause a seizure. Environmental factors can also play a role. For example, bright flashing lights are known to occasionally trigger a seizure.

Someone is Suffering a Seizure. What Do I Do?

First, remember to keep your wits about you. Panicking can lead to mistakes. Typically, the first step is to try to increase safety. If possible, try to gently lower the person to the floor. It’s typically best to lay them on their side. Also, if there are any sharp objects or other hazards, move them if possible.

Protecting the skull is vital, so if possible place a pillow, jacket, blanket, or whatever else underneath the head. When you get a chance, take a glance at a clock or watch. Knowing how long the seizure lasted could prove beneficial in the future.

When Should I call 911?

If the person who suffered the seizure has no history of suffering them, it’s wise to dial 911. Caution often pays dividends.

If the person has a history of seizures you may not have to call 911. Some seizures don’t require medical intervention. However, if the person is having trouble waking, was hurt (say due to a fall), or is struggling to breathe, it’s time to contact a medical expert. Also, call 911 if the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes.

How is Epilepsy Treated?

There are a few different ways to treat epilepsy. First, there are a variety of anti-seizure medications that reduce the risk of seizures striking. If a seizure does occur, medications can make incidents less severe.

In some cases, surgery may prove effective. Diet changes, electrical stimulation devices, and other tactics may also address seizures.

If you're dealing with epilepsy and live near Dallas, TX contact Celeste Brain Health to schedule a video appointment. Dr. Modi and Dr. Dharaiya would be happy to assist.

Cities We Serve

Currently Serving Charlotte, Raleigh and Dallas

Hours of Operation

Hours are in the Eastern Time Zone


12:00 pm-7:00 pm


12:00 pm-7:00 pm


12:00 pm-7:00 pm


12:00 pm-7:00 pm


12:00 pm-7:00 pm