More than half of those living with epilepsy feel discriminated against

A new study has revealed that more than half of people living with epilepsy have been discriminated against.

The research, published by Epilepsy Tasmania, aims to better address the needs of those with the condition.

Epilepsy is a condition in the brain which leads to epileptic seizures, caused by a burst of electrical activity in brain cells known as neurons.

Wendy Groot, Epilepsy Tasmania chief executive, said barriers faced by those living with epilepsy included being unable to complete their education, making finding a job difficult, and stigma in the workplace.

“People are embarrassed about how to talk about [epilepsy], so with the stigma attached, often people will isolate themselves because they don’t know how to talk about their epilepsy,” she said.

The report found that those living with the condition felt most discriminated against at work.

It added that 55 per cent of people with epilepsy are on low incomes.