What Can You Do?

2015-0816 What to Do

Excerpt of Article by Katie Charles | New York Daily News

Get informed

Two digital sources you can trust are the Epilepsy Foundation (epilepsy.com/) and Mount Sinai (mountsinai.org/patient-care/service-areas/neurology/areas-of-care/epilepsy-center).

Know what to do — and not to do — as a bystander

If you see someone having a seizure on the subway, don’t put something in their mouth. “They can choke on it, and it doesn’t help with the tongue biting,” says Marcuse. “Instead, look for a medic alert bracelet, try to get sharp objects out of the environment, and once their body is loose, roll them on their side. And call 911.”

Educate yourself

“This is a really common disorder, and unfortunately, it still carries significant stigma,” says Marcuse. “It’s frightening to watch someone have a seizure, and in the past it was often thought of as being possessed by the devil. But it’s just a chronic medical condition like any other.”

Don’t avoid the topic

If you know someone with epilepsy, ask if there is anything they might need from you.


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Thanks to Katie Charles for writing the article from which this excerpt came; New York Daily News for committing its resources to 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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