How to communicate with a person suffering from epilepsy?

As part of World Epilepsy Day on March 26, the Turkish Association for Combating Epilepsy held an online press conference in Istanbul and shared important information. The meeting titled ‘Let’s Talk Epilepsy Today – Epilepsy Is Not What You Fear’ discusses misconceptions about epilepsy and prejudice in society.

On the first floor of the meeting, the President of the Turkish Association for Coming Epilepsy, Prof. Dr. Dr. Speaking about the activities of the Nurses Bebek Association: “As the Turkish Association for Coming Epilepsy, we wanted to be on social media in addition to our association’s website to provide accurate information to our epilepsy patients and make them think we are. With them. In order to be more understandable and sincere when reaching out to our patients, we have created two fictional characters and used these characters in communication. “

Vice-president of the association, Professor. Dr. Emphasizing epilepsy as a treatable disease, Seher Naz Yeni said: “Epilepsy is a treatable brain disease due to short-term brain dysfunction that affects about 1% of the world’s population. As long as people with epilepsy adhere to the treatment given to them by their doctors, the seizures can be controlled and patients can continue their daily lives. ” Emphasizing on the regular use of drugs in the treatment of Professor. He said practical methods such as setting a watch or phone alarm could be used to remember during medication.

One of the members of the association, Professor. Dr. Sibel Valiogulu also lists misconceptions about epilepsy. Noting that society’s view of epilepsy has not changed year after year, said Professor. Valilolu underlines that the disease is seen in society as an infectious or mental illness, but epilepsy is not an infectious disease or a mental illness.

People with epilepsy can participate in social life like everyone else, reminding Professor. Velioğlu says epilepsy is a treatable disease and can be controlled with seizures in 4 out of 5 patients.

Professor Sibel Valiogulu emphasized that in addition to the superstitions about epilepsy, there are many misconceptions and misconceptions about patients with seizures and they should be corrected.

Epilepsy, also known as epilepsy in society and is caused by uncontrolled electrical spreads in the brain, is a short-term dysfunction of the brain. As a result, uncontrolled convulsions occur. Epilepsy can occur at almost any age. Although there are many types of seizures, there are basically two types of seizures: partial seizures (limited seizures start in one area of ​​the brain) and generalized seizures (seizures that start extensively in the brain). There are still 800,000 epilepsy patients in Turkey. Epilepsy affects about 1% of the world’s population.

How to contact a person with epilepsy (Crisis)?
First, stay calm.
Don’t be by the patient’s side, call for help if needed, send someone else.
Do not try to stop and / or obstruct the patient’s movement.
Lay the patient in a safe place or pick him up.
Protect the patient by keeping sharp or hard objects away from the patient.
Loosen any tight clothing (e.g. tie, belt), take off the glasses.
Tilt her to one side in a stable and comfortable way so that her saliva comes out.
If possible, keep her mouth and trachea open for easy breathing.
Never try to put something in his mouth (for example, if he grits his teeth, open it or give him water).
Forced movement of the jaw is harmful.
Do not try to give medicine during convulsions.
Onions, colon, etc. It does not smell.
There is no need for artificial respiration or heart massage if you have epilepsy.
See if the patient has a card or health card that has epilepsy or if so, explains what you should do.
Wait for your convulsions to end.
Often after a convulsion the person gets tired and does not know what they are doing, so be as calm and reassured as possible at this stage.
Avoid softly, for example, when opening windows or walking down the street.
Remember that any information you can give about seizures will help both the patient and the doctor.

Patients should use their medication regularly in collaboration with their physician and their family.
Circumstances that trigger convulsions should be avoided if they are obvious.
Since some types of convulsions can be triggered by insomnia, shift work and coordination are required where convulsions are needed.
Chronic hunger and extreme fatigue can also cause seizures.
Since some types of epilepsy are sensitive to light, such patients should not work in front of a computer for long periods of time and should not watch television closely or for long periods of time.
Such patients should wear a hat and wear sunglasses in sunny weather.

To diagnose the disease, video recording of the patient may be requested by the physician if necessary.
Observation of family members is very important, especially in childhood seizures.
The sooner a child with epilepsy enters the community and adapts to his environment, the more confidence he will gain.
Parents and other interested parties should not be reminded that he or she is different from others. This can make the child insecure and anxious.
The child’s condition should be reported to the school authorities and they should be told what to do in case of seizures.
It should not be forgotten that educated teachers will help instead of hiding the situation from their teacher or school.

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