Epilepsy and discrimination. Prejudice against patients with epileptic seizures is common. 11
Is there anything else you would like to add to the conversation about epilepsy? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Maybe a topic of your interest in epilepsy that you would like to expand upon? Dr. Tracey Milligan, MD. I think that this is wonderful to really be able to use the Internet to educate patients about epileptic seizures and epilepsy. Because more and more these days patients have access to the internet to find out educational information. They can use it to seek expert opinion. Here we have a service where patients can send in information and an expert can review their records. I think we’re not alone in that. Dr. Tracey Milligan, MD. There are many other ways that patients will be able to seek out medical care in different formats. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. It is very important that patients are aware of the various signs and symptoms of epilepsy. They can bring those signs and symptoms to their doctor. They can hopefully be diagnosed correctly earlier. Dr. Tracey Milligan, MD. Correct diagnosis of epilepsy is important before patients have more severe epileptic seizures. The last thing I want to emphasize about epilepsy is this. The biggest problem the patients with epilepsy face is discrimination. Epilepsy is not contagious. People with epilepsy can live completely normal lives. Dr. Tracey Milligan, MD. Epilepsy can be very treatable. I think it is important for all people to be aware of epilepsy. They should know and what it is exactly. Because there’s a tremendous amount of ignorance about epilepsy. Lack of knowledge can lead to a lot of discrimination. That is a very important point. It is especially important internationally. The awareness of epilepsy might even be lower internationally than it is in the United States. Dr. Milligan, thank you very much for this conversation. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. We hope we’ll be able to come back to you for further questions in the future! Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Thank you for being a superb expert in treating epilepsy in adults and adolescents! Dr. Tracey Milligan, MD. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about epilepsy!
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