Create Awareness

Epilepsy is one of the world’s oldest known medical conditions, and yet most people do not understand it. This misunderstanding has led to fear, discrimination and stigma. Together, we can reduce the fear and misunderstanding about Epilepsy, so that the lives of millions of people around the world – persons with epilepsy and their care givers – is transformed for the better.

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Epilepsy in Numbers

  • 65 million people around the world have epilepsy.
  • More than 10 million people in India have epilepsy.
  • 1 out of 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.
  • 1 out of 10 people will have a seizure once in their lifetime.
  • 70 out 100 persons with epilepsy can lead a seizure free life with proper treatment and medication.
  • 70 out 100 persons with epilepsy in India do not access to treatment or cannot afford the medicines.

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Epilepsy in Brief

What is Epilepsy

  • Epilepsy is a very common neurological disorder.
  • It affects 65 million globally and over 10 million in India.
  • 1 out of 10 people will have a seizure once in their lifetime.
  • This is a disorder of the central nervous system- in particular of the brain (CNS) and is characterised by recurrent unprovoked seizures.
  • This can occur at any age although incidence is higher in children below 5 yrs or adults older than 55 yrs of age.
  • It is not contagious.

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Myths & facts about epilepsy

Myth: Epilepsy is because of possession by evil spirit and hence sorcery is the treatment.
Fact: Epilepsy is a neurological disorder and there are drugs to treat.

Myth: People with epilepsy are possessed by God/spirits and hence should be worshiped/ shunned.
Fact: Epilepsy is due to transient electrical disturbances in the brain and the individual should be treated like any other person.

Myth: Epilepsy is a mental illness.
Fact: NO, it is a disorder of the brain.

Myth: Epilepsy is contagious so one should not come in contact with a person with epilepsy.
Fact: It is not contagious.

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Helping Someone Who Is Having a Seizure

It’s important for those close to someone with epilepsy to know what to do if the person has a seizure. It’s also important for the person who has epilepsy to talk clearly with others in advance about what to do in the case of a seizure. Many people have mistaken ideas about how to help. For example, some think they should put something in the person’s mouth to protect the tongue from being bitten. This is not necessary – it can actually harm the person having a seizure.

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