Friday 18 October 2019

Over half of young people wouldn't date epilepsy sufferer - survey

Liam Collins

Liam Collins

MORE than half of 20,000 young people questioned in a major survey said they would not date a person with epilepsy, a European conference on Epilepsy Research in Dublin has been told.

This was because the stigma of epilepsy remains a major issue in the public mind, according to Professor Ley Sander of UCL Institute of Neurology London. Speaking at the European Forum on Epilepsy Research at the Dublin Convention Centre today.


 He  also highlighted the fact that such stigma “often causes as much suffering as, or more than, the physical manifestations, and affects how people respond to the disease burden.”


The European Forum on Epilepsy Research brings together the principal stakeholders in the epilepsy community.   


Professor Sander, who is also a leading figure in the UK Epilepsy Society organisation, said epilepsy was the commonest serious neurological condition affecting 60 million people worldwide. 


  He said the disease was globally distributed, with no racial or geographic barriers, involving a high risk of premature mortality plus a heavy burden to the individual, including stigmatisation.


In the developed world there were 50 new cases per 100,000 population while in resource-poor countries the figure was 100 new cases per 100,000 population.

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