Epilepsy is one of the fourth most common neurological diseases, globally.
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2020, 03.50 PM IST
is a chronic non-communicable disease of the brain that affects around 60 million people worldwide. It is characterised by recurrent seizures, which are brief episodes of involuntary movement, involving a part of the body (partial) or the entire body. It is sometimes accompanied by loss of consciousness and control of bowel or bladder function.
It is one of the fourth most common neurological diseases, globally. In many parts of the world, people with epilepsy and their families suffer from stigma and discrimination. Hence, it is important to know the truth behind this condition.
Don’t let the myths and misconceptions that surround epilepsy cause you concern and anxiety. If you get information from any source that quotes a neurologist and makes you uncomfortable, get a second opinion from a neurologist.
, here’s a look at all the myths about the condition that need to be dispelled.
Epilepsy is synonymous with mental disease.
Epilepsy is a disorder, just like any other health problem. It should not be confused with mental illness.
People with epilepsy cannot lead a normal life.
People with epilepsy are completely normal between the episodes. With proper treatment and medication, 70 per cent of the cases can be cured, and the patients can lead a normal life. Every day, people with epilepsy are taking up demanding jobs, playing sports, and raising kids.
People with epilepsy cannot marry, have children and lead a normal family life.
People with epilepsy can marry, become pregnant, have children and a good family life.
Epilepsy is contagious.
In babies and children, epilepsy is more likely to be the result of genetic factors or injuries sustained just before or after birth. In adults, it’s more often brought on by head trauma, stroke, or brain tumour. But, epilepsy or seizures can’t be ‘caught’ from another person.
Epilepsy is caused by mysterious possession of evil spirits.
Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain caused by an injury, infection, decreased blood supply and other causes, and has nothing to do with the supernatural.
A key or piece of wood should be put in the mouth of the person having a
Nothing should be put in the mouth of a person suffering from a seizure as it can cause choking. Trying to restrain a person can cause further injury as they may fight you in their state of confusion. In such a scenaio, turn the patient to the side, move anything sharp out of the way and place a soft cushion under the person’s head. Most seizures stop spontaneously within 1-2 minutes. Call for an ambulance immediately.
Seizures and epilepsy are interchangeable words.
Seizures and epilepsy are two different terms. A seizure is a single occurrence, whereas epilepsy is a neurological condition characterised by two or more unprovoked seizures due to chronic underlying conditions.
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People are in a state of chaos as the ‘deadly’ Nipah virus (NiV) is slowly gripping the nation. On Tuesday, minutes before succumbing to the infection, a 28-year-old nurse Lini had shared an emotional letter with her husband, expressing the pain of not being able to see him one last time. She was exposed to the virus while treating affected patients in the Perambra Taluk Hospital, Kozhikode. While the moving note broke our hearts, it’s time we take this condition seriously and be extremely cautious about it. Here are the symptoms to watch out for. Also read: The complete Nipah Virus guide
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