Epilepsy is Misunderstood

Individuals with epilepsy often keep their condition private due to the severe stigma and lack of public understanding of this condition. The epilepsy community faces discrimination in employment, schooling, dating, and many other aspects of life.

Because avoiding stigma often means hiding epilepsy, much of the public doesn’t understand how many people face the challenges of this condition and the critical need for a cure.

Consequences of Stigma

Mental health and the quality of life for individuals with epilepsy are closely related to the knowledge, attitude, and perceived stigma of the patients.1  Stigma is the most significant contributing factor to depression in patients with epilepsy, and reducing this stigma is critical to lowering rates of this comorbidity.2 

Educating our communities about this condition can bring new understanding and improve the lives of patients and caregivers alike.

Change the Conversation

People with epilepsy shouldn’t have to hide their condition. It’s time to change the conversation by sharing the facts and telling your story.

Join in the conversation by sharing your story and spreading epilepsy awareness on social media and beyond. Together, we can fight stigma and build a better future for all those impacted by epilepsy.

Change the Conversation


Separating Stigma from Truth: Epilepsy Research and Resources

Seizing Life Podcast

Fight Stigma: You’re Never Too Young To Be a Hero


Share Your Story