Each and every disorder has their own unique way of manifesting themselves. Well, Epilepsy is as unique as it gets. This is not a disorder that affects a particular race, gender or sex – it’s a disorder that could happen to anyone at any point of time. It’s a disorder beyond all existing labels.
Clearing our concepts
Epilepsy does not affect anyone’s capabilities or take away their potential. It’s important to have our concepts cleared on not only the popularly known disorders but also the lesser known ones as well.
Being part of a sensitive society, we fail to realize that we are only selectively sensitive. Let’s try actually looking at other issues as well.
Myths and Misconceptions about Epilepsy
People with epilepsy aren’t handicaps. They just experience unexpected seizures without any warning. But what acts as the barrier the most is the small misconceptions that society has about the disorder.
For starters, epilepsy is NOT contagious. The disorder is caused by disruptions in brain activity, not due to an external agent such as a bacteria or a virus. Hence, it is not at all contagious.
Causes of disruption can be brain injury or trauma. We cannot pinpoint the exact cause of Epilepsy. But what we can say is that it’s not a transferable agent unless it’s genetically inherited.
What to do with a person having a public seizure
In a public setting if a person is having a seizure, do not try to put anything in their mouth. This could poke their gums or break their jaws. Gently roll them over to one side and keep something soft under their head so that they don’t injure themselves in the process.
Individuals diagnosed with the disorder are not physically limited, they can do everything that a person without seizures can. But certain activities such as driving, walking down a road becomes life-threatening. This is because they can’t control their seizures. So it becomes extremely dangerous for them to do certain activities but that does not mean they are limited. Intellectually they are equally capable.
Behavior of an epileptic person
When a person undergoes a seizure never try to restrain it. The seizure will take place anyways regardless of restraints, therefore, it’s better to just aid and be there for that individual after the seizure.
The behavior an epileptic person portrays during a seizure is quite repetitive and therefore they follow this pattern of behavior (twitching, blacking out, etc.). The behavior might seem odd, but in most cases, it is not a harmful behavior.
Though there does exist treatment to help in tackling the condition, sometimes this treatment may not work for everyone. Therefore, there is no particular cure as there is no identifiable cause.