Coping and support
Facing a major life change or a serious illness? Don't go it alone. A support group can connect you with others in the same boat.
Tests and diagnosis
Here's what to expect if you're scheduled for an EEG (electroencephalogram) — a common diagnostic test for many brain disorders, especially epilepsy.
MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.
Jun. 23, 2011
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