Myths & Facts

Myth: Epilepsy is contagious.
Fact: Epilepsy is a medical condition that is not contagious.


Myth: People with Epilepsy are dangerous, violent or crazy.
Fact: Epilepsy is a neurological disorder. Rarely does someone having a seizure harm another person.


Myth: People with Epilepsy are mentally ill.
Fact: Epilepsy is not the same as mental illness.


Myth: People with Epilepsy should not marry. Conversely, marriage cures Epilepsy.
Fact: Epilepsy is no bar for marriage. And, marriage does not cure Epilepsy.


Myth: People with Epilepsy cannot become parents.
Fact: Being Epileptic does not interfere with the reproductive capabilities of men or women.


Myth: Epilepsy is, in general, inherited.
Fact: Most cases of Epilepsy are not inherited.


Myth: Epilepsy is a curse.
Fact: Epilepsy has nothing to do with curses, possession or other supernatural factors, such as punishment for past sins. Like asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure, Epilepsy is a medical problem.


Myth: Seizures may be stopped by placing a key in the affected person’s hand or by making the person smell an onion.
Fact: The seizure stops on its own.


Myth: Epilepsy occurs only in children.
Fact: Although common in children, Epilepsy may occur at any age. In fact, incidences of Epilepsy have even been found in people above the age of 50.


Myth: People with Epilepsy are usually cognitively challenged.
Fact: Like other people, those with Epilepsy have different intellectual abilities. Epilepsy does not affect intelligence or memory.


Myth: Epilepsy is a lifelong disorder.
Fact: Not at all. In about 75% of Epileptics, the seizures are controllable and a great majority of them may go off drugs. However, about 25% may develop seizures that are difficult to control and are likely to require lifelong treatment.