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EpilepsyMyths

9 Stubborn Myths About Epilepsy to Stop Believing

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Dominik Jirovský

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frank mckenna

Myth: Epilepsy is always diagnosed in childhood.


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Priscilla Du Preez

Myth: Epilepsy is contagious.


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Ine Carriquiry

Myth: Epilepsy is super rare.


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iStock

Myth: Epilepsy is a lifelong, debilitating disease.


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gbarkz

Myth: Epilepsy causes psychological problems.


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Mikael Seegen

Myth: Seizures are dangerous and life-threatening.


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Bruno Figueiredo

Myth: You never know when a seizure may strike.


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Pexels

Myth: If someone is having a seizure, you should put something in their mouth so they don’t swallow their tongue.


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Paige Cody

Myth: People with epilepsy can’t lead normal lives.


Jennifer Rainey Marquez

Jennifer Rainey Marquez

@jenrrain

Jennifer Rainey Marquez is a longtime health and science writer based in Atlanta. Her work has appeared in Women’s Health, O: The Oprah Magazine, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Parade, and many other outlets. You can follow her at @jenrrain.