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Why Talk About Epilepsy? with Dr. Drew Pinsky

Seizures from epilepsy are recurring and unpredictable. What’s arguably worse? People’s reactions to seeing a seizure. So many act horribly around people living with epilepsy and seizures. Why? Because they are ignorant about seizures, and that ignorance they are afraid.

Yes, seizures, like lots of things in life, can be frightening – at first.  But with some education, awareness, understanding, and empathy, behaviors can change. And life can become better for all of us. Like they say, a little knowledge can go a long way.

That's why it is so important to learn about epilepsy and seizures. That's why it is so important to talk about it... 


Dr. Drew Pinsky walks into the nave of the main terminal of a brightly lit and colorful train station and speaks extemporaneously.

Dr. Drew Pinsky: Listen, seizures, epilepsy are common conditions, affect all kinds of people. Its not being possessed by the devil , its not that there is something wrong with the person. They are having a little electrical discharge in their cerebral cortex that generalizes, causes them to fall down,  we got meds for it. There's great treatments,  it doesn't mean anything about the person, but I urge you to talk about it, let them tell you what it feels like to have this condition, and how ridiculous people are about it, and how they feel about how other people treat them for having an electrical discharge in their brain. I'm Dr. Drew -- talk about it.