Epilepsy 'still has a stigma'

Epilepsy patients still suffer from a general prejudice associated with the disease.

This is the opinion of Delphine van der Pauw, research and information executive at Epilepsy Research UK, who said although there is a continued effort from epilepsy patients and charities, the condition still experiences a lack of awareness and stigma.

She believes the government is doing too little to help, despite the epilepsy community's ongoing efforts to lobby MPs so patients can get the treatment they need.

"Government funding of epilepsy is … very limited, meaning there are often inefficiencies in its management," Ms van der Pauw stated.

Her comments came in response to new research from China Medical University Hospital which demonstrated a relationship between schizophrenia and epilepsy.

The study revealed anyone who had contracted epilepsy was eight times more likely to later develop schizophrenia than people who do not have the condition. Correspondingly, schizophrenia sufferers had an increased chance of acquiring epilepsy – six times higher than non-schizophrenics. 

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