Myth and Facts

Myth :

  • These patients are possessed by God.They should be worshipped.

Fact :

  • This is rubbish, scientifically proved to be a disease of the brain causing excessive electrical signals producing abnormal   behavior / movments and should be given medical treatment.

Myth :

  • Never touch a patient having seizure. The disease will be passed on to you.

Fact :

  • The patient having seizure needs your help and should be given appropriate care. Epilepsy cannot be passed on by touching   the patient.

Myth :

  • Having a person in the family with epilepsy is a stigma, so this fact should be concealed.

Fact :

  • It is not a stigma and every effort should be made to remove this stigma through education.

Myth :

  • Epilepsy is a form of madness,so it should be treated in a lunatic asylum.

Fact :

  • Epilepsy is a disease of the brain,so it should be treated by physicians or neurologists.

Myth :

  • Children with epilepsy are dull and cannot learn, so they should not be sent to school.

Fact :

  • Children with epilepsy can be extremely intelligent. There are many examples of high achievers in history who have had  epilepsy. Usually it is the stigma against epilepsy which prevents parents from sending their children to school , to learn and  achieve their full potential.

Myth :

  • Women with epilepsy can never have children. So they should not get married.

Fact :

  • Epileptics can safely get married and they can safely have children under specialist supervision.

Myth :

  • A seizure can be terminated by putting a key in the patientís hand or by making the patient smell onions or a leather shoe.

Fact :

  • Use of shoes so frequently seen to terminate seizures. It is most unscientific. Never do that. One may lose precious moments   in saving the patients.

Myth :

  • Marriage will cure epilepsy

Fact :

  • Marriage has no impact on treatment of epilepsy.