Epilepsy Survey Patients Faces Seven Times More Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse

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Epilepsy patients faces seven times more domestic violence and sexual abuse !

Epilepsy Survey Patients Faces Seven Times More Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse !

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  • In a recent analysis, experts have found that people suffering from epilepsy were seven-times more likely to have reported experiencing discrimination due to health problems.
  • This risk was greater than other chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma and migraines.
  • People with epilepsy also had a greater likelihood of experiencing domestic violence and sexual abuse than the general population.


  • The analysis also found that such psychosocial adversities could help explain why individuals with epilepsy are at an increased risk of developing depression and anxiety disorders.
  • Here’s all you need to know about epilepsy.

Epilepsy Survey Patients Faces Seven Times More Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse !

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First author of the study Victoria Nimmo-Smith said,

  • ‘This paper demonstrates that despite all of the advances made over the last 100 years, the experience of discrimination continues to be a significant problem for people with epilepsy.’
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Epilepsy Survey Patients Faces Seven Times More Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse !

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  • ‘We still don’t know enough about why people with epilepsy develop depression and anxiety disorders much more often than the general population.
  • Our findings suggest that adverse life events such as discrimination may be important,’ said the senior author Dheeraj Rai.
  • Adding, ‘We now need longitudinal studies to confirm these findings, because if true, it may be possible to design interventions to help prevent mental health problems in some people with epilepsy.’
  • The analytical study appeared in Epilepsia journal. This is how a ketogenic diet can help patients with epilepsy.


Source: ANI:


All you need to know about the disease.

Epilepsy is a chronic disease affecting 1 in 100 people worldwide.  It is more common in the developing countries than in the developed ones. Racial differences have not been observed but environmental and social differences seem to be important.

According to Dr. Sangeeta Rawat – Senior Consultant Neurologist & Epileptologist Global Hospital Mumbai,

  • Epilepsy is characterized by recurrent seizures, which are brief episodes of involuntary movement that may involve a part of the body (partial) or the entire body (generalized), and is sometimes accompanied by loss of consciousness and control of bowel or bladder function.
  • The 1st peak is in the age group of 10 – 20 years which is genetic epilepsy or abnormal brain tissue and 2nd peak may occur after the age of 50 – 60 years which are symptomatic.’



Characteristics of seizures vary and depend on where in the brain the disturbance first starts, and how far it spreads.

  •  Temporary symptoms occur, such as loss of awareness or consciousness, and disturbances of movement, sensation (including vision, hearing and taste), mood, or other cognitive functions.
  •  People with seizures tend to have more physical problems (such as fractures and bruising from injuries related to seizures), as well as higher rates of psychological conditions, including anxiety and depression.

Tips for Epileptic patients

  •  Take the epilepsy medications regularly as advised by doctor, even if you are not having seizures
  •  Always have a good sleep
  •  Don’t do fasting, driving and swimming unobserved
  •  Don’t discontinue the medications without your doctors’ advice
  •  Consult your doctor while taking any other medications to avoid possible side effects or any complications.
  • Do not drink alcohol as it provokes seizures.



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