The WHO describes epilepsy as a treatable, chronic disease of the brain which is characterised by recurrent fits or seizures. These seizures are caused by sudden excessive electrical discharges in the neurons or brain cells. While around 50 million people suffer from this neurological disease globally, India is home to about 10 million of these cases.
National Epilepsy Day is observed every November 17th in India to spread awareness about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this non-communicable brain disease. Tragically, many epilepsy patients don’t get proper treatment and are stigmatised; timely treatment can prevent further deterioration and quality of life of these people.