Living with epilepsy

Stigma haunts those living with epilepsy

Growing up, Silindile Mkhwena says healers preyed on her family’s scant knowledge of her epilepsy. More than a decade later, she says she is still paying for society’s ignorance.

Seizing a seizure at work

One in a hundred people have epilepsy, but most are too ashamed or afraid to discuss it with friends or colleagues.

Epilepsy and diet

The so-called Ketogenic Diet has been used to treat epilepsy, but this remains controversial.

Epilepsy and social stigma

Despite progress made in public education, misconceptions continue to influence societal attitudes and behaviour towards people with epilepsy.

Pregnancy and epilepsy

In years gone by, women with epilepsy were often advised not to fall pregnant. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.

Seizure-smart swimming

People with epilepsy are up to 19 times more likely to drown than those in the general population. But with basic precautions, you can stay safe and enjoy the water this summer.

An aura can warn you

It might be the smell of burnt rubber, or the sound of music playing that marks the start of an epileptic episode. What is this warning sign of epilepsy and what can it tell us?


People with epilepsy sometimes feel that the benefits of swimming do not outweigh the risk of having a seizure in the water. However, by taking a few simple precautions, most people with epilepsy can safely participate in swimming and other water sports.

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