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Epilepsy Etiquette Guide

Epilepsy Etiquette a simple etiquette guide for people who don't have epilepsy EPILEPSY: DOS AND DON'TS Don't refer to Don't assume that epilepsy is a mental condition. Don't offer me advice on my me as an epileptic or label me. epilepsy. I am an individual with many interesting things about me. I also have epilepsy. Epilepsy is a physical disorder that has nothing to do with mental health or illness. I know my condition best. Unsolicited advice and tips are not helpful. Don't assume that everyone with epilepsy has the same condition. Don't assume that living with epilepsy is easy. Don't patronise me because I have epilepsy. There are many different forms of epilepsy. Seizures can differ between people. It's extremely hard physically and emotionally living with epilepsy. Treat me with respect and don't talk down to me. I want to be understood without judgement or preconceived assumptions. SEIZURES Do talk to me about my needs and how Don't use words like fits, spells, epis or attacks Do give me time alone after a seizure. you can help. I may be confused, disorientated and embarrassed so just leave me alone to gather myself. Feel free to discuss my epilepsy with me and find out how you can help. Listen to any instructions I have. Just call them seizures. Ignorance and discrimination only make it harder so stick to the facts. DOS DON'TS Guide me from danger - remove harmful objects from nearby & cushion my head. Restrain my movements Stay with me until I am recovered. Put anything in my mouth Call an ambulance if the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes. Move me unless I am in danger Aid my breathing by gently placing me in the recovery position once the seizure has finished. Attempt to bring me round Give me anything to eat or drink until I am recovered Be calmly reassuring. wWW.YOURLIFEPROTECTED.CO.UK YOUR LIFE PROTECTED Vour life PROTECTED 01454633 289 SPECIALISTS IN EPILEPSY LIFE INSURANCE

Epilepsy Etiquette Guide

shared by tomblogger on May 07
This epilepsy etiquette guide is designed for people who don't have epilepsy to help raise awareness.


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