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Stop Social Stigma

Treat Neurological and Mental Illness Equal to Physical Illness

We are all a little broken. But last time I checked broken crayons still colour the same.

Trent Shelton

Deep in the green belt of Buckinghamshire is the Epilepsy Society headquarters. Densely lined with trees, its secluded location is a stark reminder of the historical social stigma surrounding the neurological condition. The word epilepsy derives from the Greek word epilepsia, meaning falling sickness. In many cultures sufferers were victims of prejudice, considered possessed and even contagious. Like mental health patients they were often hidden away from public view, in hospitals and asylums. The uncorroborated, yet plausible origin of the term going round the bend, may literally refer to the journey up the long winding drive to incarceration.

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