Mumbai: National Epilepsy Week observed to highlight this neurological condition

Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behaviour, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. Anyone can develop epilepsy. Epilepsy affects both males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages


  • Epilepsy means the same thing as seizure disorders.
  • Epilepsy is characterized by unpredictable seizures and can cause other health problems.
  • Epilepsy is a spectrum condition with a wide range of seizure types and control varying from person-to-person.
  • Public misunderstandings of epilepsy cause challenges that are often worse than the seizures.

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have two unprovoked seizures (or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more) that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar.

The seizures in epilepsy may be related to a brain injury or a family tendency, but often the cause is completely unknown. The word ‘epilepsy’ does not indicate anything about the cause of the person’s seizures or their severity.

People with epilepsy experience recurrent seizures, because a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain causes a temporary disturbance in the messaging systems between brain cells.

17th November is considered to be National Epilepsy Day. This is being celebrated by the Epilepsy Foundation in Mumbai. This week is being celebrated from November 12 to November 18.

Various activities and events for epilepsy patients have been organised this week by the Epilepsy Foundation in Mumbai.


According to medical experts, there is still a lack of awareness about epilepsy in society. People do not know people about epilepsy. This Epilepsy Week is celebrated to raise awareness about this neurological condition.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Nirmal Surya, the founder trustee and chairman of Epilepsy Foundation, and a renowned name in the awareness world for neuro rehabilitation, said, “There is still a lack of awareness about epilepsy in society. The problem is worse in rural areas as people are unaware about the condition. We organised this programme to raise awareness about this disorder. So that people can come ahead and seek treatment.”

Dr Surya added, “Two separate events were held for children and adults. Since we are celebrating Children’s Day today, we organised an essay writing competition and a drawing competition followed by fun games and activities such as lemon and spoon race, three leg race, coin in the bucket, and other sporting games. On Sunday, November 18 we will be conducting a free epilepsy detection and treatment camp at Thane Civil Hospital.”