Relieving the Stigma of Epilepsy

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PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY all too commonly experience psychological distress such as anxiety or depression. One of the contributing factors is something that’s not often discussed: epilepsy-related stigma. Stigma may affect people in various ways, and addressing it openly is an important first step to providing relief.
Health-related stigma is a negative judgment, misconception or inaccurate belief that’s attached to a certain medical condition. Stigma can negatively bias patients, family and acquaintances, resulting in discrimination or social isolation. Stigma occurs with many different health challenges, but the likelihood of experiencing stigma is especially high for people with epilepsy.

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