One person in 20 will have an epileptic seizure at some time in their life. The World Health Organisation states that “Epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national nor geographic boundary.”
Yet, the condition is often misunderstood.
Wellingtonian, Krystle Crimmins, says she’s often encountered a kind of fear of the condition. She’s written a guide to dispelling the myths around Epilepsy.
She knows her subject. She lives with Epilepsy.
“I’ve always felt there was a real lack of awareness out there, ”she says.
“Most people I come across don’t really know what Epilepsy is and wouldn’t know what to do if someone around them was having a seizure.”
Her handbook, Epilepsy First Aid, provides practical information on how to recognise a seizure and how to assist the patient. Rather than shy away from the unknown, she would like New Zealanders to be empowered with the skills to practically assist.
“There’s also a common misconception that there are just two types of seizures,” says Krystle. “The book gives an up to date overview of the eight common seizure types, their signs and symptoms and how to approach each one.”
With the support of medical specialists and Epilepsy New Zealand, the guidebook, along with an accompanying website will be officially launched on Purple Day Monday, March 26th.