- Of every 100 patients with epilepsy, it is estimated that 95 can achieve optimal control of the disease.
- Living with this pathology should not be a reason for being left behind or discriminated against.
- On March 26, “Purple Day” or “World Epilepsy Day” is commemorated.
On the occasion of Purple Day, which is commemorated on March 26, the general director of the Institute of Security and Social Services for State Workers (ISSSTE), Pedro Zenteno Santaella, called to join the international initiative to bring epilepsy out of the shadows. He also called for removing the stigma against people living with this disease.
In this sense, it is currently estimated that 95 out of 100 patients achieve good control. It is also important to promote their social inclusion and provide them with access to all kinds of development opportunities.
Necessary care for patients
The neurologist attached to the Institute’s Neuropsychiatry Specialty Clinic, Cecilia Acosta Murilloaffirmed that “people who suffer from epilepsy should know that in our institution we are aware that it is not only necessary to advance in a diagnostic, therapeutic or technological approach in the approach of this condition, we are also focused on psychosocial aspects that allow the free development of people”.
For this reason, dissemination tasks are carried out to inform society about the nature of the diseased, so that patients with epilepsy do not suffer rejection or are left behind for this reason. The purpose is to offer a good quality of life.
He indicated that with the aim of raising awareness and contributing to the international purpose of “bringing epilepsy out of the shadows”, he participated in an academic event of telementorytransmitted via satellite to medical units throughout the country, which was organized by the National Headquarters of Mental Health, of the ISSSTE Medical Directorate.
“The social problems associated with epilepsy are considered one of the most important phenomena that we must combat in order to achieve the social and productive reintegration of people with this disease.”
Effects caused by the disease
The epilepsyhe expressed, is a disease that refers to phenomena characterized by abnormal neuronal discharges that have multiple symptoms and are due to various causes.
One of the best known manifestations is the generalized seizureswhere neuronal discharges are generated throughout the cerebral cortex and are expressed with sudden, bulky movements, which are accompanied by excessive salivation and there may be sphincter relaxation.
To help a person who presents a generalized seizure, he recommended: remain calm, take the time the seizure lasts, lay the patient on his side so that the secretions from the mouth flow, do not put any object in his mouth because it is dangerous, prevent the patient from being hurt by things that are around and wait for it to pass.
Once the spasms are over, the person can be offered water or allowed to sleep if desired. It is not necessary to spread anything on it, or give it a smell, just wait for it to recover. In most cases, these crises self-limit themselves and it is not necessary to take the patient to see a doctor.
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