Books on Epilepsy

Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy (2012) written by Orrin Devinsky, MD, Steven Schachter, MD, and Steven Pacia, MD

The book begins with an overview of the therapies themselves, including herbal remedies, nutrition, alternative pharmacological therapies, physical treatments, and neurobehavioral approaches, and also discusses medication-related considerations and caveats. The next group of chapters covers CAM and preventive approaches to mitigating the effects of epilepsy and epilepsy therapies, such as drug toxicity and side effects of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), seizures, enhancing cognitive function, issues for women (pregnancy, breast feeding, menopause), and managing anxiety and depression. The final part of the book focuses on quality of life and lifestyle modifications to reduce seizure risk, including techniques for stress reduction, sleep disturbances and aids to normalize, alcohol and recreational drugs, and environmental factors.

Epilepsy (What Do I Do Now?) paperback, kindle edition (2011) written by Carl W. Bazil, MD, Derek Chong, MD, MSc, and Daniel Friedman, MD

Patients with epilpesy pose many clinical challenges. Even experienced clinicians occasionally arrive at the point where diagnostic, work-up, treatment, or prognostic thinking becomes blocked.

Epilepsy is the fifth volume in the "What Do I Do Now?" series and provides the clinician with the necessary tools to evaluate and treat an epilepsy patient. Applying a case-based approach of curbside consultation, the authors present 31 actual cases, providing key points to remember and recommendations for further reading at the end of each case and including EEGs and imaging where applicable. Concise and readable, Epilepsy is the perfect quick-reference guide for anyone working with epilepsy patients.

Is Epilepsy Contagious? answers to this and other questions kids ask about epilepsy (2009) written by Julie Devinsky, Amy Koppelman and Vern Kousky

Epilepsy is a problem we're hearing more and more about these days. In fact, nearly one out of every one hundred people in America has epilepsy. But what is epilepsy? And where does it come from? This book brings the story of epilepsy alive with easy-to-understand text and illustrations that are both informative and interesting. (Contact the FACES office for availability.)

Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide (2007) written by Orrin Devinsky, MD

Taking the lead from real patients' questions and insights, this new edition of a best-selling guide gives must-have information to those diagnosed with epilepsy — the most common neurological disorder in children, adults, and the elderly. Written by a leading expert, this guide answers common questions, assuages patient's fears, and encourages epileptics to take an active role in their medical care.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy (2005) written by Orrin Devinsky, MD, Steven Schachter, MD, and Steven Pacia, MD

Epilepsy is a difficult illness to control; up to 35% of patients do not respond fully to traditional medical treatments. For this reason, many sufferers choose to rely on or incorporate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into their treatment regimens. Written for physicians, knowledgeable laypersons, and other professionals, Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy bridges the worlds of traditional medicine and CAM to foster a broader perspective of healthcare for patients. The book respects cultural differences that may incorporate alternative medicine into a medical management program, and encourages patients to safely continue receiving necessary medical treatments. Wherever possible, scientific evidence supports the choice of treatment modalities, as well as the effectiveness of a combined traditional and CAM approach. Readers will find incisive discussions in sections on: Learning to Reduce Seizures; Asian, Herbal and Homeopathic Therapies; Nutritional Therapies; Alternative Medical Therapies; Oxygen Therapies; Manipulation and Osteopathic Therapies; and Music, Art, and Pet Therapies. From stress and epilepsy, to acupuncture, massage, craniosacral therapies, homeopathy, ketogenic diets, aromatherapy, hypnosis, and more, the book is all-inclusive and enlightening.

Epilepsy and Developmental Disabilities (2001) written by Orrin Devinsky, MD, and Lauren E. Westbrook, PhD




Neurology of Cognitive and Behavioral Disorders (2001) written by Orrin Devinsky, MD, and Mark D'Esposito, MD

This reference text provides an insightful and unified synthesis of cognitive neuroscience and behavioral neurology. The strong clinical emphasis and outstanding illustrations will provide neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, and psychologists with a solid foundation to the major neurobehavioral syndromes. With backgrounds in behavioral neurology, functional imaging and cognitive neuroscience, the two authors are in an ideal position to cover the anatomy, genetics, physiology, and cognitive neuroscience underlying these disorders. Their emphasis on therapy makes the book a "must read" for anyone who cares for patients with cognitive and behavioral disorders.


Epilepsy 101 - The Ultimate Guide for Patients and Families, (2009) by The National Epilepsy Educational Alliance
This book is the product of a national panel of epilepsy experts under the leadership of Dr. Ruben Kuzniecky, Professor of Neurology and Co-Director of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, New York University School of medicine. The book is a comprehensive yet patient friendly review of epilepsy and seizures and a practical guide for patients and families. The book consists of 12 chapters devoted to epilepsy and seizures including causes, diagnosis, treatment, surgery, etc. The book also has a up-to-date glossary, resources, first aid, driving laws, etc.
The book is intended to be a companion to patients and families as they confront the disorder. 
Let’s learn with Teddy about Epilepsy, (2008) by Yvonne Zelenka, Ph.D
Let's learn about epilepsy is intended to help kids and families understand seizures and epilepsy using an illustrated story about a young boy, his best friend and his family. Teddy has a seizure for the first time in his life. The book goes through the symptoms, the diagnosis, test and treatment. The book is intended to help children cope with the disorder and understand the test and treatment. The story ends with a powerful message in that Teddy is not in any way different than he was prior to the seizure. 

This book tries to help kids and their families understand epilepsy and to not be fearful of having seizures.
In Let’s Learn with Teddy about Epilepsy, Dr. Zelenka has created a simple yet sensitive story of a child having a seizure for the first time. The story unfolds when Teddy has a seizure while playing with his friend, Rachel. Teddy undergoes medical testing and visits the doctor’s office. The story helps children understand the disorder in a welcoming manner with colorful illustrations.
Aprendamos con Tito Sobre la Epilepsia, (2008) por Yvonne Zelenka, Ph.D
En este libro de cuentos, Aprendamos con Tito Sobre La Epilepsia, la Dra. Zelenka ha creado una simple pero sensitiva historieta de un joven que por primera vez se encuentra con la epilepsia . La historia comienza cuando Tito tiene su primer crisis al jugar con su mejor amiga, Raquel. Tito visita al doctor y tiene varios examenes medicos. La historia ayuda a los jovenes y a sus familias a entender este desorden de una manera abierta y con bellas ilustraciones llenas de color.
El fin de este libro es ayudar a los jovenes y sus familias  entender la epilepsia y no tenerle miedo a las crisis.