For many people living with epilepsy, the stigma that surrounds the condition is a big problem. A large part of this is the misconceptions, which are often taken for granted.
This blog post aims to debunk some of the most common epilepsy myths.
You shake and jerk when you have epilepsy
Shaking and jerking while unconscious is normally associated with tonic-clonic seizures. There are actually many more types of seizures with very different symptoms.
For more information, check out The Epilepsy Society‘s useful guides.
Epilepsy is rare
Epilepsy is actually very common: over 500,000 people in the UK have epilepsy. That’s nearly 1 in every 100 people. Epilepsy occurs in people of all ages, social classes and ethnic backgrounds.
You are born with epilepsy
In fact, epilepsy can develop at any time. Genetics can be a factor, but there are other causes such as head trauma and strokes which are more common. The number of people who first experience a seizure above the age of 65 is nearly as high as those who first experience one as a baby.
Everyone with epilepsy has frequent seizures
Actually, the majority of people living with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with anti-epileptic medication.
While some people still don’t respond to medication, the majority of people living with epilepsy are able to lead ‘normal’ lives. Despite this, there is still a serious need for research into epilepsy: the condition is by no means a solved problem!
You should always call 999 when someone is having a seizure
The majority of seizures are not medical emergencies, and it is not necessary to call 999. However, there are several exceptions to this. You should call 999 if:
• You know that it is someone’s first seizure
• The seizure lasts for five minutes or longer
• The person is injured during the seizure
• The person is pregnant or has diabetes.
Epilepsy is contagious
It is completely impossible to catch epilepsy off someone!
Article originally published on 21st October 2016 by telmenow.com
Epilepsy, Convulsions, seizures or fits are some of the most common neurologic disorders, with an annual incidence of 35 to 52 cases per 100,000 persons. It is a central nervous system disorder that affects the nerve cell activity in the brain characterized by the presence of recurrent, unprovoked seizures.