Understanding Epilepsy

Excerpt of Article by Hilary Mounfield | The Scotsman

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More than 50,000 people in Scotland have epilepsy. Picture: Julie Bull

If you were to open any national newspaper this morning, there would be a good number of features and stories about health and medicine. However, when reading about all the different illnesses, epidemics and breakthroughs, one fairly common condition is regularly absent from the nation’s media – epilepsy.

More than 50,000 people in Scotland have epilepsy yet it remains one of the least recognised and publicised conditions in the country.

Epilepsy is a complex and diverse condition but a significant number of those with the condition (about 60 per cent) have it under control using appropriate treatment and medication. However, one of the common misconceptions is that everyone with epilepsy will have regular seizures. This is not always the case and with the right medication, seizures are relatively rare occurrences for most people.

The desire to keep quiet about epilepsy is understandable, but increasing awareness and understanding of the condition is imperative to avoid such feelings. Schools are playing their part, but pupils only tend to be educated on the subject if a class peer has the condition – more can be done at that level. It was encouraging to see the recent launch of an awareness campaign to help educate police and law officers and similar campaigns for the general public are essential.

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Thank you to Hilary Mounfield for writing the article; The Scotsman for committing its resources to publishing the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text in this post.

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