The Stigma of Epilepsy

Stigma often surrounds epilepsy and seizures. Epilepsy stigma is a prejudice against those who suffer from various types of seizures. It has been estimated that around 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every single day in the UK, that’s 500,000 people in the UK who are living with this debilitating condition and approximately 60 million people worldwide who suffer from epilepsy.

Stigma can have a serious, consequential and negative impacts on relationships, home and education life and even work life. Some cultures show more stigma against epilepsy than others.

Despite the fact that millions of people across the world are living with epilepsy, there is unfortunately a stigma attached to the condition. As a result, people living with epilepsy can feel isolated, discriminated and alone. This definitely and most certainly needs to change.

Through my experiences as an individual living with epilepsy, i feel strongly and passionately about encouraging and engaging in conversations with patients and their loved ones regarding reducing the stigma and talk openly and honestly about epilepsy. In my opinion, the more that people talk about epilepsy, the more others will understand the condition, and the faster the stigma will disappear.

Steven Connelly

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