Today is the Epilepsy Action Campaign which sees people who suffer from epilepsy share their own experiences and photos by raising awareness of the condition which affects over 500,000 people in the UK alone.
1 in every 100 people are affected by this condition with sudden electrical activity occurring in the brain. Diagnoses for the constraint is hard to define with the epilepsy dating back to the Ancient Greeks.
Fast forward to the 21st century and neurologists, who specialise in epilepsy and looks at conditions that affect the nervous system, advice and provide tests to those who suffer from the symptoms. Tests such as electroencephalogram (EEG) which measures the electrical activity through the brain or an MRI scan, which can detect possible defects of structure in the brain.
One of my closest friends deals with epilepsy and is mixed emotions; not only for her but her friends and family not knowing when the next seizure will be and how severe. She cannot lead a typical teenage life of all night partying and clubbing to even the simple everyday things such as having a bath.
Researching this campaign has not only enlightened me about the condition but how important it is to raise awareness and how hard it is for those who suffer. Just by either uploading a picture of an item that’s purple or writing a status online relating to epilepsy makes a difference.
Graduate multimedia journalist and contributing writer at Culturefly