Epilepsy: Causes, Types, and Treatments


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1. Why do some epilepsy medications focus on GABA receptors?

2. Why do epileptic seizures occur?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Epilepsy is one of the most common causes of seizures and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of this disorder. Some things you'll be assessed on include neurotransmitters and types of seizures.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The brain's main excitatory neruotransmitter
  • The mechanism of action causing a seizure
  • Term for a seizure lasting longer than 5 minutes
  • How to diagnose epilepsy

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about epilepsy
  • Making connections - use understanding of neurochemistry in the brain and how seizures occur
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately name and define the recovery period after a seizure

Additional Learning

To learn more about epilepsy, review the accompanying lesson called Epilepsy: Causes, Types and Treatments. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define epilepsy and seizure
  • Name the main excitatory and the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain and the receptor where they act
  • Differentiate between types of seizures
  • Explain how epilepsy can be diagnosed