Despite advances in the understanding and treatment of epilepsy within the past several decades, public attitude to Epilepsy remains to be superstitious. There is a deep-rooted prejudice against epilepsy, and many still attribute it to witchcraft and curses making it a dreaded disease. These beliefs have resulted in patients with epilepsy being ostracized, stigmatized and misunderstood.
People with epilepsy who are stigmatized can endure devastating consequences, including lower self-esteem, social anxiety, discrimination, isolation, reduced access to care and resources, and negative health outcomes.
People with epilepsy may hide their symptoms from others and even delay seeking care, Many people with epilepsy fear that openly discussing their diagnosis will result in the loss of relationships, driving privileges, jobs, and more.
The Purple Day 2023 campaign will educate the public with the knowledge and insight to support those who display symptoms of seizures and raise awareness of a condition that affects thousands of people across the world.