Attitudes to epilepsy sufferers 'need to change fast'

6 June 2012

A new survey has revealed the worries that people suffering from epilepsy go through when stepping out into public spaces.

The research, which has been commissioned by the charity Quarriers, found that around two-thirds of the 505 people questioned were concerned about what fellow members of the public will say or do should they have a seizure.

These fears have been realised in many cases, with more than one in four people involved in the poll being ignored when the effects of an epileptic seizure occurred.

Furthermore, 28 per cent of respondents claim that they have been laughed at during their seizure and a quarter were accused of faking or exaggerating their condition.

Gerard Gahagan, head of clinical services at the charity, commented: "It appears we are stuck in the dark ages when it comes to how we treat those who suffer from one of the most common neurological conditions.

"These attitudes simply have to change - and fast."

According to the Epilepsy Society, one in 20 people will have a one-off epileptic seizure at some point during their life.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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