First aid is the first and immediate assistance given to any person suffering from either a minor or serious illness or injury ,  with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery. It includes initial intervention in a serious condition prior to professional medical help being available, such as performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR while waiting for an ambulance , as well as the complete treatment of minor conditions, such as applying a plaster to a cut. First aid is generally performed by someone with basic medical training. Mental health first aid is an extension of the concept of first aid to cover mental health,  while psychological first aid is used as early treatment of people who are at risk for developing PTSD. There are many situations which may require first aid, and many countries have legislation, regulation, or guidance which specifies a minimum level of first aid provision in certain circumstances.
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There are many ways to approach managing triggers. This approach asks people to consider three things: antecedants, behaviors, and consequences. This may be easily identified as a trigger, or may be hard to sort out.
For example, a person may have trouble sleeping before a seizure and you and your doctor will want to sort out if the seizure was causing sleep problems, if there was a sleep problem separate from the seizures, or if stress or mood was causing problems with sleep. Some people may use this approach to track side effects of medicines. Other times, people may find that physical or psychological factors can look like seizures but not be caused by electrical activity that causes seizures.
Some people will look at the short-term effects, such as what occurs when they are recovering from a seizure. For example did you have any injury or did you need to go to the hospital? People may also look at the long-term consequences, such as whether the seizure may result in the loss of their driver's license, or other problems in daily life or social functioning.
As a result, you can target your plans to lessen or prevent triggers and how they affect behavior, as well as how they may cause consequences in your life. For example, while the main focus on lifestyle modifications may be to control seizures, you may also use them as part of a safety management plan to prevent injury. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.
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ABCs for Managing Seizure Triggers
This handbook is designed to be used by anyone who provides crisis care and support, without necessarily being a mental health professional psychologist or psychiatrist. The main objective of this handbook is to guide the application of Psychological First Aid PFA in various crisis contexts. The book contains a series of terms related to crisis and psychological trauma that may be useful to readers. This is a practical guide, so several useful phrases will be found that can help when supporting a person in crisis. Finally, a series of resources for the application of PFA is made available, among which are links to websites that seek to help in the understanding of psychological trauma, examples of brochures to be delivered to those affected who receive PFA, as well as multimedia materials and information about support centers.
ABCDE psychological first aid application handbook: For individual and collective crises