Epilepsy – people with epilepsy can actually lead a normal life

What do famous people like Socrates, Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Sir Isaac Newton have in common?

All of them have been known as achievers and famous people with epilepsy, which is defined as a brain condition characterized by recurrent seizures — which are sudden, brief abnormalities of behavior, thought, movement, or sensation generally lasting for a few minutes.

Dr. Josephine Casanova Gutierrez, adult epileptologist and president of the Philippine League Against Epilepsy (PLAE), said that people with epilepsy can actually lead a normal life so long as they are guided with precautions and proper intake of prescribed medicines.

Parents should not be too overprotected to their children with epilepsy, and should be allowed to go to school and not kept inside the house, Gutierrez said in a health forum Tuesday held at the Annabel’s in Quezon City.

“It is good to give a kind of supervision to your child, good to teach your child certain precautions, there are certain things that they can do or do ground sport like, for example, skating, badminton, bowling, track and field and basketball but, first and foremost, you have to be very careful,” Gutierrez said.

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