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Common myths about epilepsy

When people think of epilepsy, they often think on aversion to flickering lights, the inability to drive a car and even, peculiarly, mental illness.

The sad reality is that people with epilepsy still suffer a certain stigma, but this needn’t be the case. One common myth is that epilepsy is rare. Over the centuries this has had a heartbreaking consequence – with those with epilepsy having been shunned, locked up in mental institutions and even accused of insanity.

Epilepsy is in fact a fairly common neurological condition, affecting approximately 350,000 Australians. Thanks to awareness raising from organisations such as Epilepsy Action Australia and Healthshare, the condition is becoming better understood.

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