Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic neurological disorders and affects children and adults of all ages, yet many myths still exist surrounding it.
The Colombian Neurology Association (ACN, Spanish acronym) recently launched a campaign that seeks for the truth to be known about this disease and to spread awareness about the activities that patients living with this condition can do, provided that they receive adequate treatment and ongoing medical supervision. According to the ACN, about 450,000 people suffer from this condition.
What you should know:
- It is not a contagious disease.
- It also does not interfere with the ability to perform regular every day activities.
- People with epilepsy can have children, play sports, travel, study, go to the movies, fly on a plane and dance.
- Patients with this condition may experience frequent convulsions caused by the abnormal electrical discharge of cells to the brain. This can manifest in brief episodes of involuntary movements that can affect part of the body (partial seizures) or the entire body (generalized seizures). They sometimes occur with a loss of consciousness and sphincter control.
- The only situation that may prevent patients from leading a normal life, is when epileptic seizures are frequent.
The World Health Organization estimates that about 50 million people live with epilepsy throughout the world.