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How is education influenced by epilepsy?

I’m part of a few epilepsy awareness and support groups on Facebook and there are a few topics which keep popping up in discussions, one being education. People are asking if they were discriminated during school, if they were prohibited for entering school (mostly college and higher), if and if and if… Continue reading “How is education influenced by epilepsy?”
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[Guest post #2] Education is not for people with epilepsy

The second guest blog post comes directly from India from Advik.

I grew up in the UK as my parents immigrated there back in the ’60s. All throughout my adolescence, I was discriminated against at school, in the playground, in my neighborhood because I was Indian. After a while, I gotten used to it and simply ignored it.

Then my #epilepsy came in. In my second year of secondary school (high school) , I had my first seizure. And it was at school. Professors and colleagues panicked, an ambulance was called, parents came rushing and, you know already, more.

I woke up in the hospital with an IV and a few meds.

Over the year, I had several other seizures at home, at school, in the supermarket and so on. In total: 28 seizures that year. At school, people started making fun of me, imitating my seizures in a cry for attention. And the year went on like that. Continue reading “[Guest post #2] Education is not for people with epilepsy”

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Attention deficit, concentration and my epilepsy

I read today 1 in 5 adults with epilepsy also present ADHD (Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) symptoms. Here’s the link to the article: http://bit.ly/ADHDandEpilepsy. Another article I read a while ago (sorry, but I don’t have a link) stated that attention deficit in people with epilepsy is an adverse effect of many anticonvulsants.

I guess this briefly explains my attention deficit problems, if I choose to believe them.

To explain:

In primary school, I was a straight A (10*) student. I had no problem learning, being attentive or memorizing stuff -> no problem concentrating at school. Continue reading “Attention deficit, concentration and my epilepsy”