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2015-0610 Myths vs Facts ver 2

Even today, myths, misconceptions and discrimination can surround epilepsy, often causing more distress than the seizures themselves, and limiting people’s participation in society. Let’s debunk some of the more common myths.

Myth: Epilepsy is contagious

Fact: You cannot catch epilepsy from another person!

Myth: Epilepsy is a form of mental illness

Fact: Epilepsy is not a mental illness. It is an umbrella term covering different types of seizure disorders. It is a functional, physical, neurological condition, affecting approximately 37,000 people in Ireland.

Myth: All people with epilepsy must avoid flashing or flickering lights

Fact: Only about 3-5% of people with epilepsy are photosensitive. As a result, the vast majority of people with epilepsy do not need to avoid flashing lights. Even most of those who are photosensitive can still watch television and use computers without significant difficulty as only particular patterns actually cause seizures to occur.

Myth: All seizures involve falling…

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