Social Issues and Epilepsy

Joseph F. Drazkowski

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People with epilepsy live and struggle every day with social issues that are relatively minor for people without epilepsy. Apprehension about securing and maintaining one's job or getting a driver's license is significantly greater for the person with epilepsy. Misconceptions held by the general public about epilepsy contribute to and often compound the difficulties and fears experienced by people with epilepsy. Because different people in society react to seizures in different ways, it is important to foster a supportive environment for people with epilepsy. This can be achieved by health care providers and families of people with epilepsy, who can help minimize the negative and inaccurate perceptions that are prevalent regarding people with epilepsy, and maximize their opportunities to integrate successfully into society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-59
Number of pages4
JournalCNS Spectrums
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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