The Commonwealth is spread over every continent. Synonymous with epilepsy, these countries encompass every faith, gender, social class, race, language and culture. Globally, an estimated 65 million people suffer from epilepsy, with five million new diagnosis each year.
As one of the most common neurological conditions in the world, the economic implications associated with epilepsy are huge. Moreover, the sufferer can experience poor emotional health, reduced quality of life, social isolation and discrimination.
For centuries, people have shared misperceptions and misinformation surrounding epilepsy, inviting prejudice and stigma. Indeed, some people are so ashamed of their condition that they’re reluctant to admit they suffer from it.
Sadly, it’s the stigma surrounding the condition that mostly affects quality of life, rather than the condition itself.