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Do Professors Know About Epilepsy Or Seizures?

Do Professors Know About Epilepsy Or Seizures?

I was curious If a professor would be able to tell if a student were having a seizure in her class, even if the student didn't tell this professor that she had epilepsy, seizures and was photosensitive? I ask because, yesterday my professor was acting very weird towards me. Maybe I am being a bit paranoid but, I just thought it was very odd in how she was acting. Here are two examples; Yesterday, when we went to watch two video clips she had one set of lights on and one set off. During the… read more

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

When I was in College I usually told my professor the first day of class I had epilepsy and might have a seizure in their class. Then I explained to them what would happen and what I would do during the seizure if I was to have a seizure in their class so they would know what to expect and not panic and call an ambulance. None of my professors understood epilepsy or seizures so by telling them the first day of class I was basically teaching them about the condition.

edited, originally posted about 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Your professor may or may not know or understand about your epilepsy.. Maybe she has a family member or friend who may have it ,or not. The most important thing is that she is noticing an abnormal ( but normal for us ) activity with you. She is aking you those questions to make sure your understanding about the video or what ever the subject may be.. I don't know if you have auras ,but if you yourself aren't aware or know when your seizuring , you professor is aware of it . She just may not be sure what it is. At the same time, she is letting you know that something is going on with you too.

Maybe you should alert her that you do have Epilepsy and that what she is seeing is some type of seizure. It can help her understand what's going on with you. Don't think of this negative, but positive. Your getting her attention , even though your not trying. You could be making her worried a little.

Compare your situation to mine . When I was in high school , it was the last class period. I was in Study Hall sitting towards the front of the room trying to catch up on some homework. Keep in mind I myself don't have any auras ,what so ever. So I'm never know when I'm having a seizure. Anyway back to my story. I'm at my desk staying quiet ( so I thought ) and catching on my homework. The next thing the reacher speaks to me, telling me to be quiet. I have no clue what I said or did. So I go back to what I was doing. Shortly later she gets my attention again, and tells me to stop what ever I'm doing and that this is my last warning. Still I'm clueless what I did. I go back to my paperwork. Then shortly later, the teacher signals me to her desk and hands me a Pink Slip for Detention and sends me to the principal's office.

For many yrs. This incident was stuck in my head and I still think about it now and then. Later down the road , only one thing made sense. I was having seizures in the class nor did the teacher know about my epilepsy. She thought I was goofing off. That was my first time in detention. I was a goody- goody and tried staying away from trouble. But trouble found me from my seizuring.

Hope this helped

posted about 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

These times, teachers and professors are more prepared to spot seizures. If it's anywhere in your records, they will be a watch for it. I went through high school avoiding anyone but my close friends to know about it. But it also got me kicked out of college. But that was my fault for being so stubborn as to not take my med regularly, following a grand mal one night. That was in the 70's, and they have wisened up a lot since then. The institution can be liable if something were to happen. Since then, I went through life taking jobs that I can learn as I go, instead of doing the profession I could have learned through college. I kick myself every once in a while for being so pig headed back then. But, live and learn. Never be afraid to let others know about your Epilepsy, because in the stress of trying to hide it, it can also put you in a situation you won't want to be in. Be proud to show you don't let seizures stop you.

posted about 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I have absence, complex partial, and clonic-tonic seizures. I was in my senior year, in a speech class giving a speech when I 'woke up' with my professor standing in front of me with his hand on mine on the podium asking me if I was "OK". I had had an absence seizure and had stared and not said a thing for about 2 minutes when I came back. He didn't know what it was but knew something was wrong because I was not speaking, moving, responding, ect.. The next day I got a call from my advisor to come and speak with him. When I did, it was 'suggested' that I take some time off, or a rest, until I felt better because they felt a double major was causing too much stress and triggering my seizures.

posted about 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

There were a few teachers that I knew well so I they did know about my epilepsy. The ones I didn't know well I didn't tell.

posted about 6 years ago
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