Epilepsy and Stigmatization: A review

Rukiye Ay
2017 Klinik Psikiyatri Dergisi  
Epilepsy, which is considered dangerous and scary by the society, is a frequent neurological disease. Although epileptic seizures can be controlled with drugs, prejudices towards this disease being scary still continue. There are several factors that determine the level of stigmatization directed to epilepsy. Age, marital status,education of the patient, age of disease onset, the treatment duration of the disease, drug side effects, accompanying physical and psychiatric disorders, education
more » ... ders, education level of those stigmatizing and disease-related knowledge level are among these factors. Adverse outcomes are observed in many areas such as quality of life, treatment complience, social and occupational functionality. The aim of this article is to increase the awareness of stigmatization that hampers the treatment and quality of life of epilepsy patients.
doi:10.5505/kpd.2017.47965 fatcat:v7n7bp4nprgp7kvqzzcjmr7dw4