Shattering Stigmas: Promoting Epilepsy Awareness

by Dr. Keni Ravish Rajiv


Purple Day on March 26th serves as a poignant reminder that understanding and compassion are essential components in supporting those affected by epilepsy. In this blog, we embark on a journey to dispel myths surrounding epilepsy, foster awareness, and shed light on how Aster CMI Hospital's Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Centre plays a pivotal role in challenging misconceptions and providing cutting-edge care.

Debunking Myths:

Epilepsy, a neurological disorder marked by recurrent seizures, often finds itself surrounded by myths and misconceptions. Addressing these myths is crucial to building a supportive and informed community.

1. Myth: Epilepsy is Always Visible

  • Reality: Seizures can manifest in various ways, not always involving convulsions. Some seizures may be subtle, such as brief lapses in awareness or unusual sensations.

2. Myth: Epilepsy is Contagious

  • Reality: Epilepsy is not contagious. It is a medical condition resulting from factors like genetics, head injuries, or brain disorders.

3. Myth: People with Epilepsy Cannot Lead Normal Lives

  • Reality: With proper management and treatment, many individuals with epilepsy lead fulfilling lives, pursuing careers, and engaging in various activities.

4. Myth: Epilepsy is Always a Lifelong Condition

  • Reality: While some forms of epilepsy are chronic, others can be managed effectively with medication, lifestyle adjustments, or surgical interventions.

Aster CMI Hospital's Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Centre: A Beacon of Hope

Aster CMI Hospital stands as a beacon of hope, challenging these myths through its dedicated Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Centre.

1. Community Awareness Programs:

  • Aster CMI Hospital actively engages in community outreach programs to educate the public about epilepsy, debunk myths, and promote a more inclusive understanding of the condition.

2. Comprehensive Diagnostic Services:

  • The hospital's advanced diagnostic services, including EEG, MRI, and genetic testing, play a pivotal role in accurate and early diagnosis, reducing the stigma associated with epilepsy.

3. Holistic Treatment Approaches:

  • Aster CMI Hospital embraces a holistic approach to epilepsy care, offering a range of treatment options, from antiepileptic medications to dietary therapies and neurostimulation techniques.

4. Patient Education and Support:

  • The Neurology and Head of Epilepsy Services team at Aster CMI provides not only medical expertise but also empowers patients and their families through education and emotional support.

5. Research and Innovation:

  • The hospital actively participates in research and embraces innovative treatment modalities, contributing to advancements in epilepsy care and fostering hope for those seeking effective solutions.


On Purple Day, let us collectively challenge the stereotypes surrounding epilepsy and pledge to create a more empathetic and informed society. Aster CMI Hospital's Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Centre serves as a beacon, not only in curing epilepsy but also in promoting awareness, debunking myths, and offering support that transcends medical boundaries. By working together, we can break down barriers, create understanding, and pave the way for a brighter, stigma-free future for those affected by epilepsy.

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