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Call for more epilepsy education amongst teenagers

21 July, 2005

Many teenagers
think that having epilepsy has a much greater physical and social
impact than other chronic conditions, according to new research.

Presenting a study to the recent Canadian Congress of Neurological Sciences in Ottawa, Christina Cheung, a medical student at Queen's University
in Kingston, revealed that 13 per cent of the 13 to 18 year olds
surveyed said they would be reluctant to befriend someone with
epilepsy, mainly as they did not know what to do during a seizure.

The study investigated what the teenagers thought was the impact of epilepsy, Down's syndrome, leukaemia and HIV.

Apart
from Down's syndrome, the teenagers felt that epilepsy had the worst
impact of the conditions. It was also thought that epilepsy had the
greatest negative impact on personality out of the conditions.

The
researchers said the results show education about epilepsy is needed,
with a particular focus on the fact that people with epilepsy are
normal, and what to do when during a seizure.