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Epilepsy Awareness Week
















Epilepsy Awareness Week takes place in May, and the dates are decided a few weeks before the event. This year, it takes place from May 20 to 26. People take the week to raise awareness about the alignment by highlighting patients’ struggles with epilepsy in their day-to-day lives.


HISTORY OF EPILEPSY AWARENESS WEEK

There are records documenting and describing epilepsy since ancient Greece, and it was believed for centuries to be the work of a devilish creature or even a punishment from God. However, thanks to modern science and medicine, it is clear that epilepsy is caused by a combination of multiple neurological disorders that trigger seizures. These seizures are episodes of extreme shaking that can last for a few minutes and can even lead to death if not attended to. For an epilepsy diagnosis, there has to be a continuous discharge in the brain that provokes these seizures.


There is no clear cause of epilepsy, but brain trauma, surgery, stroke, tumors, and even complications during birth can be catalysts for the development of the disorder. It’s vital to clear the probability of the patient simply going through withdrawals or extreme fatigue to diagnose epilepsy. A doctor can diagnose it by doing an E.E.G. — an electroencephalogram — or performing blood tests.


Epilepsy is treated using a medication, and in 69% of cases, the seizures are monitored effectively. However, in some cases, patients require surgery to get better. Epilepsy is prevalent in the elderly. About 50 million people have had epilepsy but got treatment. In some places in the world, people with epilepsy are not legally allowed to drive.


EPILEPSY AWARENESS WEEK TIMELINE

2000 B.C.

Proof of Epilepsy

The writing of records detailing symptoms of epilepsy starts in the Middle East.


1050 B.C.

Attempts at a Medical Description

Babylonians use medical terms to describe epilepsy in detail.


1912

Treatment Experiments

The use of animals as test subjects begins in a bid to develop epilepsy drugs to combat seizures.


1938

Treatment Reaches the Public

Phenytoin is available for patients and doctors around the world.


EPILEPSY AWARENESS WEEK FAQS

What color ribbon is for epilepsy?

The most common ribbon color chosen to represent epilepsy is purple.


What is a symbol for epilepsy?

The seahorse is commonly used to represent epilepsy.


What is the best vitamin for epilepsy?

Vitamins B6 and E can help reduce the frequency of seizures.


HOW TO OBSERVE EPILEPSY AWARENESS WEEK

Talk to en epileptic

Use the day to get an insight into the disease. Try talking to someone who struggles with it. You might find ways to be helpful.


Post on social media

Make a post with a purple ribbon. This will help to show your support for the cause.


Volunteer at a hospital

To learn more about epilepsy, you can always find some time to volunteer to help at a hospital. Spend your time getting to know some of the patients.


5 FACTS ABOUT EPILEPSY YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW

Its symbol is the seahorse

The part of the brain affected by epilepsy is the hippocampus, which means ‘seahorse’ in Greek.


It has a patron saint

Saint Valentine is the patron of those with epilepsy.


It’s not limited to humans

Any living organism with a brain can have epilepsy, not just humans.


Dogs can pick it up

Dogs are trained to recognize the signs of a seizure so they can signal for help.


Its color is purple

The color purple represents epilepsy because of the lavender flower.


WHY EPILEPSY AWARENESS WEEK IS IMPORTANT

It raises awareness

It’s a whole week dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy, in a world where we barely talk about it. Do your part to raise awareness.


It brings people together

Sometimes, people with epilepsy might feel out of place or even unaccepted by their social groups. This week promotes inclusion.


Epilepsy education

Share information with those who don’t have an in-depth knowledge of epilepsy. It will help with society’s understanding of epilepsy.

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