Actress reveals having epilepsy after 27 years of diagnosis
Having a chronic disease is not easy: in addition to having to face all the consequences of the disease and lifestyle changes, many of these pictures still cause great prejudice in society.
That is why even knowing about her epilepsy since the age of 8, actress Júlia Almeida, the daughter of the writer Manoel Carlos, only decided to speak openly about it at the age of 35 to journalist Marina Caruso's blog, on the O Globo website. actress has already starred in her father's novels, such as "Family Ties" and "Passionate Women", and recently participated in the soap opera "Tempo de Amar", shown at 6 pm Globo Network. 8 pm, she will hold a roundtable at the Jockey Club auditorium in Rio de Janeiro with experts on the subject, taking advantage of World Epilepsy Day.
Blackouts and use of medicines
The actress prefers to use the term "neurological condition" to treat epilepsy as a person the patient.
According to what she told Caruso, the diagnosis came at the age of 8, after having meningitis and seizures. "There, I lived a good life and, eight years ago, the crises returned," she reports. Although the disease is best known for the convulsions it causes, Julia's picture (which is controlled by drugs) crises of absence, to what the actress calls "blackouts."
With this, she needs to take some care. "I can not drive alone, I control the consumption of drinks (at most one or two cups) and it is only now, at 35, with a well-regulated life, that I start thinking about getting pregnant," he reports to O Globo newspaper blog.
But, after all, what is epilepsy?
It is a temporary and reversible change in brain functioning that has not been caused by fever, drugs or metabolic disorders and is expressed by repeated seizures.
Epileptic seizures may manifest in different ways:
A seizure is the form most known to people and is identified as an "epileptic fit." In this type of crisis the person may fall to the floor, have muscular contractions throughout the body, tongue biting, intense salivation, wheezing, and sometimes even urinating
The "absence" crisis is known as "shutdowns ". The person stares, loses contact with the medium for a few seconds. There is a kind of crisis that manifests itself as if people are "alert" but have no control over their actions, making movements automatically. During these automatic involuntary movements, the person may be chewing, speaking in an incomprehensible way, or walking in no definite direction. In general, one does not remember what happened when the crisis ends. This is called a partial partial crisis.
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