2020 SACAD Entrants

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Empirical- Undergraduate


Epilepsy is a serious neurological condition that impacts approximately 1.2% of people (or about 3.4 million people) in the United States of America (Zack & Kobau , 2017). Treatment of epilepsy may involve prescribed medications; however, it is important to note that about one third of individuals who have been diagnosed with epilepsy find no relief from anti epileptic drugs (AED; Tan et al., 2009). When an individual continues to suffer debilitating seizures after being prescribed two AEDs, this person is considered to have intractable epilepsy (Tang, Poon, & Kwan, 2015). When medications fail to control seizures, individuals are left with few choices and can be in desperate need of treatment options that are less extreme (and less expensive) than options involving brain surgery and/or vagal nerve stimulation. More research is needed to better understand the efficacy of behavioral interventions used to reduce seizures and improve quality of life. The current study sought to expand on prior research with a focus on decreasing seizure frequency and increasing quality of life among people who are diagnosed with intractable epilepsy. We hypothesized that Ashtanga yoga can help to reduce seizure frequency, and we expected to see an increase in quality of life. Preliminary findings and discussion will be shared.