Spread Awareness During Epilepsy Awareness Month


Maliyah Jones

It is now November, which means it is Epilepsy Awareness Month. According to Mayo Clinic, epilepsy is defined as “a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness.” These periods of heightened symptoms including seizures, confusion, staring blankly, leg twitching, etc., can indicate an epileptic episode.  

This disorder can affect anyone and is often linked to genetics. People with epilepsy can also have different experiences. Some have a harder time and deal with it their whole lives; others may develop it as a child and later outgrow it.

No matter how extreme the episodes may be, epilepsy deserves awareness. Many times, people stigmatize epilepsy by saying people with it are unpredictable, unstable, and dangerous because of their episodes. Raising awareness can help eliminate judgement and untrue stigma. 

You can help spread awareness by educating yourself on this disorder and helping others learn. Sharing social media posts, educating friends, donating money, volunteering for epilepsy organizations, helping loved ones with epilepsy, etc., can all help spread awareness, which will help paint a positive light and allow positive conversations to be had about the disorder. Awareness can also help provide more money for research and resources for this disorder, and it will help any individual who suspects they have epilepsy come forward and get proper help.  

If you suspect or are showing symptoms of epilepsy, make sure to tell someone and get professional medical attention. Most times, this disorder can be helped managed, which is why it is important to seek medical assistance.