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5 Things to Remember about Epilepsy

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Things to Remember about Epilepsy: Dispelling Myths and Raising Awareness

Epilepsy, a neurological disorder affecting over 10 million Indians, is often surrounded by misconceptions and stigma. This International Epileptic Day, Dr. Bhaskar Rao, CMD of KIMS Hospital and Dr. Sita Jayalakshmi clear the air and share key points to know:

1. Epilepsy is treatable, not contagious:

Stigma is one of the common features of epilepsy in both developed and developing countries. It can cause serious harm to the physical, mental, and social well-being of a person with epilepsy.

2. Seek medical attention promptly:

It’s crucial to seek medical attention if a seizure lasts longer than five minutes if breathing or consciousness doesn’t return after the seizure stops, if a second seizure follows immediately, if you have a high fever, if you’re pregnant, or if you’ve injured yourself during the seizure. If you experience a seizure for the first time, it is important to seek medical advice.

3. Break the stigma:

The misconceptions and stigma surrounding epilepsy have negative effects on patients, hindering their development and self-esteem. Children with it are often not allowed to participate in games and social activities at school, while older individuals with this condition may face job discrimination, lack of promotions, and exclusion from certain opportunities.

4. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial:

Epilepsy can affect all aspects of a patient’s life. The stigma associated with this condition can be even more challenging to deal with than the disease itself, regardless of whether one lives in a developed or developing country. Epileptic patients often experience physical, mental, and social difficulties as a result of this stigma.

5. Awareness events offer vital information and support:

More awareness on the occasion of International Epileptic Day helps in raising awareness, educating the public, and offering support to individuals and families affected by epilepsy.

Additional takeaways:

  • Over 80% of epileptic cases can be controlled with medication or surgery
  • Epileptic children may outgrow the condition 
  • Various factors can cause epilepsy, some preventable 
  • Seeking professional help is crucial for proper diagnosis and treatment
  • People with epilepsy can live fulfilling lives and achieve their goals 
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