Worldwide Epilepsy Awareness Day

Published 03/26 2014 05:39PM

Updated 03/26 2014 07:46PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- People around the planet acknowledge Worldwide Epilepsy Awareness Day. Each year the disorder is recognized on March 26th and people wear purple to raise awareness. Epilepsy is a brain disorder, where people have repeated seizures over time. 

These seizures can affect a person's mental and physical functions. Epilepsy can be caused by a variety of issues including; trauma, genetics and drugs and alcohol abuse. Neurologist say being educated about epilepsy can help save someone's life.

"Keep them on the floor, lying down usually to their side, head extended. There are false things that people can do, it is try to stop the shaking, you can not do that," said Dr. Ahmed Robbie, MD Freeman Health System Neurologist. 

About 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy. It's a disorder that cannot be cured, but can be controlled with medication. 

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