How Much Do You Know About Epilepsy?
Allison Bush | Oct 3, 2014 March 20, 2014
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True or False: Epilepsy is a mental illness.
Epilepsy is a physical disorder that has nothing to do with mental health or intelligence.
True or False: People with epilepsy look different.
Epilepsy doesn't have any physical manifestations except for some of the seizures themselves.
True or False: Epilepsy is a common condition.
Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder, after stroke and Alzheimer's disease. Approximately 2.7 million Americans are estimated to have epilepsy.
True or False: People with epilepsy experience physical pain while having a seizure.
A person is unconscious during a seizure and not in any pain. Afterward, there may be discomfort because of a fall, muscle aches, or a bitten tongue.
True or False: Women with epilepsy should not get pregnant.
A large percentage of women with epilepsy have normal, healthy babies. Although the risk of birth defects is increased for women with epilepsy compared with the general population, the overall risks are low.
True or False: Epilepsy affects people of all ages.
Epilepsy is a condition that affects people of all ages, races and nationalities. Epilepsy most often strikes the very young and the elderly, but people can develop epilepsy at any age.
True or False: Epilepsy is contagious.
Epilepsy cannot be passed from one person to another.
True or False: Vincent Van Gogh lived with epilepsy.
Vincent Van Gogh suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy.