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It’s Time to Get Seizure Smart!
In recognition of National Epilepsy Awareness Month in November, the Epilepsy Foundation is challenging America to Get Seizure Smart! The goals of this nationwide public awareness campaign are to educate millions of Americans about epilepsy because epilepsy affects nearly 3 million Americans and nearly 360,000 people in Florida are living with this chronic condition. Yet for many, the biggest problem is not the disorder itself, but society’s knowledge about the condition. That is why awareness—and talking about it—is so important.
“We want to empower people with epilepsy to dispel myths and encourage the public to better understand the condition,” said Karen Egozi, chief executive officer of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. “It is important for people to know what a seizure is, how to recognize one and what to do—and not do-- if someone is having a seizure.”
If you saw someone having a seizure, would you know what to do? If your answer is no, then it’s time to Get Seizure Smart.
The purpose of National Epilepsy Awareness Month is to:
- Dispel common myths about epilepsy
- Promote public awareness, seizure first aid, and an understanding of the condition
- Inform people with seizure disorders and their families about service programs and informational resources available nationally and in their local areas
- Educate the public about the symptoms of epilepsy and seizure disorders to help eliminate the stigma unjustly associated with the condition
Throughout the month, you can visit www.GetSeizureSmart.org to take the interactive online Get Seizure Smart quiz and test your knowledge about seizures. On this site, you will also find a downloadable quiz you can print out and give to everyone you know, or forward to a friend so they will also be seizure smart. There are also downloadable fact sheets, short videos and other resources to arm Americans with tools that will help them recognize a seizure and know how to respond.
Epilepsy, also known as a seizure disorder, is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy.
Join us in helping America Get Seizure Smart! Help us spread the word - visit www.GetSeizureSmart.org.