Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects more than 50 million people worldwide. There are still many people who are unaware of epilepsy, how it affects individuals and families, and how to support those with epilepsy. The goal of International Epilepsy Day, celebrated annually on the Second Monday of February, is to raise awareness about this disease and the challenges faced by people with it.
International Epilepsy Day 2023: Theme
In 2023, International Epilepsy Day will focus on the theme of “Stigma.” Stigma is a feeling of fear or negativity.
International Epilepsy Day: History
Founded in 2015 by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), International Epilepsy Day provides a platform for people with epilepsy to share their experiences and stories. On this day, people are also encouraged to advocate for legislation that would guarantee the human rights of people with epilepsy and encourage them to live their best lives.
Why do people suffer from epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The frequency and intensity of seizures can vary, and they can take many different forms, such as convulsions, loss of consciousness, staring spells, and muscle jerks. It is often difficult to determine the exact cause of epilepsy, but it can be caused by head injuries, brain disease, or a family history of epilepsy.
Epilepsy: A daily struggle
Epilepsy can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life. Epilepsy patients often suffer from social stigma and discrimination in addition to the physical symptoms they experience, making it difficult for them to lead full and productive life. There are many individuals with epilepsy who are unable to drive, hold down a job, or participate in activities that others take for granted.
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Supporting individuals with epilepsy
International Epilepsy Day provides an opportunity to educate people about epilepsy and to provide support to those affected by it. We can help people with epilepsy lead fulfilling and inclusive lives by raising awareness and reducing the stigma associated with epilepsy.
There are many ways to support those with epilepsy. Here are a few ways you can help:
- Educate yourself about epilepsy and its effects.
- Support organizations that work to improve the lives of people with epilepsy.
- Be patient and understanding when interacting with someone who has epilepsy.
- Offer to help with tasks that may be difficult for someone with epilepsy, such as driving them to appointments.
- Speak out against discrimination and stigma when you see it.
Today is International Epilepsy Day and this year the focus is on recognising the stigma that people with epilepsy face.
— Physiopedia (@physiopedia) February 13, 2023