There are things only a person with epilepsy knows and understands, but there things a newly diagnosed person with epilepsy doesn’t understand.
- Epilepsy is not a disease – although there is not an official definition, epilepsy is not considered a disease, but a disorder (in the electrical functioning of the brain). When someone calls you sick, just tell them you are as sick as they are. It’s the truth.
- Photosensitivity is not a rule – although many people associate epilepsy with flashing lights, only 2-3% of people with epilepsy are photosensitive. So don’t worry: you can watch TV, go dancing with friends or play karaoke, with some precautions. Epilepsy seizures can be triggered by fatigue also.
- Epilepsy doesn’t mean decreased intelligence – although many associate epilepsy with a lower IQ (than in general), this correlation is NOT true. To give some examples to prove this -> famous people with epilepsy: Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, Aristotle, Julius Caesar, Agatha Christie, Richard Burton, Neil Young, Danny Glover and many, many others. Just to name a few.
- Epilepsy doesn’t mean seclusion – with some precautions, people with epilepsy have a normal life as any other person in the world: personal life, education, work and so on.
- Epilepsy isn’t rare – there are over 50 million people diagnosed with epilepsy in the world. Each year, about 200,000 persons are diagnosed with a different type of epilepsy. During their life, 1 in 40 persons will experience some type of seizure.