A few words about epilepsy

Epilepsy is a common neurological problem that can affect up to 1% of the general population. It is not a psychiatric disorder nor does it have anything to do with the evil spirit or spirits. It is just another medical disease that occurs due to abnormal electrical firing of brain nerve cells.

If you see someone having a convulsive fit/twitching (“seizures”), place the person on a flat floor, away from dangerous or sharp objects, and loosen the tie or tight clothing if saliva or foam comes out of the mouth . person on one side. Do not hold the patient tightly; try not to put a finger or the like in the mouth or hold smelly things in front of the nose. If the convulsions continue for more than 5 minutes, urgently take the patient to the nearest hospital.

Epilepsy can be treated in most cases with the right medications. With regular medication intake and a disciplined lifestyle, most patients lead almost normal lives and many are able to stop taking antiepileptic drugs after a few years.

But leaving stigmas and fears aside is very important, as is following the doctor’s advice.

Dr. Sarbajit Das, consultant – neurology, Narayana Multi-Specialty Hospital, Jessore Road

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