Epilepsy Awareness Day

A summary about Epilepsy and ways to spread awareness

Every year on March 26th, people around the world take this day to spread awareness of Epilepsy. Epilepsy Awareness Day also known as “Purple Day” is an international effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy by wearing people and hosting events to support.

  Epilepsy is a condition of the brain that is characterized by recurrent seizures. It is a seizure disorder that is not a psychological disorder nor a disease and it is not contagious. The brain is made up of billions of neurons that communicate through electrical and chemical signal. When there is a sudden excessive electrical discharge that disrupts the normal activity of these cells, a seizure may occur. A seizure can cause a change in the function or behavior of a human being. A seizure may happen in different forms including blank stare, muscle spasms, uncontrolled movements, odd sensations, and altered awareness. These seizures may occur rarely or as often as numerous times a day.  

  According to the World Health Organization, nearly 50 million people around the world live with epilepsy. Although it is not contagious, in many cases, there is no known cause for the condition, sometimes the reason is due to disease or injury such as a stroke or infection. It is a treatable condition, but for children it can be a bit confusing that is because for some parts of the world, treatment may be difficult to get.

  So let’s take today to honor and spread awareness on Epilepsy. As founder of purple day, Cassidy Megan once said, “I wanted people around the world to come together and teach others about epilepsy.”  #purple