Deja Vu – by Martin

Deja Vu

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve felt you’ve already encountered and seen that specific event or place but actually haven’t? Well, that is déjà vu.

I chose this topic because I have experienced déjà vu countless of times. In fact, my family and friends are also familiar with the feeling. Déjà vu happens suddenly with no specific place or time. And occasionally when I come across it, I feel momentarily disoriented, baffled, and confused. Once, while walking down the street that I’ve been to for the first time, I find myself pausing and catching my thoughts, “I’ve been in this situation before”, although I know I have not. Other times, I am into deep conversation with a friend, and something “hits” me and I sense some unexplained familiarity of being in the same circumstance. I have known that this is what they call déjà vu. Although, I am unsure of why this arises. Déjà vu is a French phrase that translates to “already seen”, which is actually what I go through when I experience déjà vu. This health topic is important to me because I am interested in knowing the cause of déjà vu and why it affects not only teens like me but adults as well.

I used to think that déjà vu is a figment of my imagination and just one of those events that happen naturally with no scientific backing to explain its occurrence. But upon research, I was actually surprised that scientists try to conduct experiments to come up with the logic behind this feeling. No official report has been made on the causes of déjà vu since it is actually difficult to reproduce due to its unpredictability. However, it is known that déjà vu is orchestrated inside the brain. The nanosecond delay in the transmission of information from one part of the brain to the other causes one side of the brain to receive the same information twice – first, directly, and again from the ‘in charge’ side. The person experiencing déjà vu would then sense that familiar feeling. On the other hand, some scientists associate déjà vu with temporal lobe epilepsy. These scientists say that people with temporal lobe epilepsy experience déjà vu right before getting a seizure. These are just some of the possible explanations on why and when déjà vu happens. The real reason of déjà vu is still quite unknown. What is more certain is that déjà vu is normally experienced by those from ages 6-25, and is at its strongest during teenage years. Researching about déjà vu expanded my learning by making me understand that there is a scientific explanation for this occurrence. Since déjà vu incidents are common to people my age, it would be beneficial to know more about this matter to clear misconceptions (e.g. déjà vu is connected to one’s past life). Learning about déjà vu will make us understand its possible causes and how and why this issue affects us. The more people know about wellness issues like déjà vu, the less anxious they will be because they will be armed with the knowledge to address their concerns.

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The feeling of deja vu oftentimes leaves people lost or confused as they feel that they’ve been in the same place or situation before although they are sure they have not.

 

Sources:

InpaperMagazine, From. “Myths and Mysteries: Déjà Vu — Have You Seen It?” N.p., 10          Feb. 2012. Web. 04 Sept. 2016.

“What Is Déjà Vu?” HowStuffWorks. HowStuffWorks.com, n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2016.

Julia C. Teale and Akira R. O’Connor. “What Is Déjà Vu?” Scientific American Blog                     Network. N.p., 03 Mar. 2015. Web. 01 Sept. 2016.

Digital image. Www.thebalance.com. N.p., n.d. Web.

 

 

Epilepsy – Anya

Epilepsy is a neurological and chronic disorder pronounced by periodical seizures. Many things can happen during a seizure such as a blackout, eye movements, stop in breathing and several others. Seizures are caused by unusual neuronal activity in the brain and can be triggered by anything from illness to brain damage. Epilepsy is an important topic because it can happen to anyone at any time without a known explanation or cause. I chose this issue because some who is very important to me suffers epilepsy and I think we should all know about this disorder, learn more about what more than 50 million people around the world go through and suffer from everyday, and how this affects their lives. This affects teenagers because among the people suffering epilepsy, most were diagnosed during their childhood and have dealt with it their entire lives. Most epileptics were often bullied, teased, frustrated and unsocial because of their behavioural and emotional problems caused by epilepsy.

I learned that there are many types of seizures and epilepsies. There is Idiopathic epilepsy which is hereditary or epilepsy without an accountable cause and there is Symptomatic or Cryptogenic epilepsy with an accountable cause like brain injury, stroke and brain tumor. Idiopathic epilepsy is not preventable and is external, while Symptomatic epilepsy can be prevented. All epileptics are also usually at risk of injuries, depression, thinning bones and in some cases facing death because of complications in seizures or injuries. They also receive reduced access to life and health insurance and are limited to certain occupations. For instance, until the 70s it was legal to deny epileptics access to theaters, restaurants and other public places in the US. This relates to wellness because epilepsy is a common disorder that prevents those who have it from being socially, emotionally and mentally healthy because they are discriminated and treated differently from others in a negative way. In conclusion, we should be aware of epilepsy and its effects towards people who have it and we should also learn to not discriminate people who do have it.

Below is a picture of seizure discharges happening in the brain :