It is estimated that about 1% to 2% of the total population of Australia is suffering from some sort of epilepsy disorder. However, the awareness about the disease is staggeringly low. There are a few who know that they have the disorder and a large number of people tend to hide the information about being affected by the disease from their employers.
The fear of being discriminated at the workplace has forced many Epilepsy patients to hide the fact from their employers. There is need to bring much awareness among the masses about the disorder so that those who are suffering with it can be helped.
Epilepsy is believed to be worse type of brain disorder. Today, Purple Day is being celebrated by many. On this occasion awareness about Epilepsy would be communicated by the participants by wearing purple color.
In Epilepsy a patient experience seizures which may last for hours. The duration of seizures varies from patient to patient. Some patients experience seizures on daily basis while some experience it occasionally.
The CEO of Epilepsy Action Australia, Carol Ireland was reported of saying, "There are more people living with epilepsy than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease combined. Sadly, due to social stigma associated with epilepsy, many people do not disclose their condition".
Medication for Epilepsy is available in the clinics which are helpful in preventing seizures. Surgery is also offered to the patients if medications fail to treat the illness. It is hoped that with the help of Purple Day, people would be made about the brain disorder and discrimination being faced by the patients by the hands of the employers would also be addressed to. Discriminations are also attached with the disorder like it is believed that people affected with Epilepsy can't drive cars. These myths need to be addressed as well.