Seizures And Epilepsy In African Americans

Since this is Black History Month, I found an article on the Epilepsy Foundation website about how African Americans are affected by epilepsy. You can learn more by going to their website. I made a link to it below. I hope you guys enjoy the rest of Black History Month.

Seizures and epilepsy occur in 2.8 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide. In the United States, about 375,000 African Americans at a time and over 20,000 each year are diagnosed with epilepsy.

Some people are at greater risk of developing epilepsy for different reasons. For example, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that people with a history of epilepsy or active epilepsy (being treated for seizures) were more likely to be of white or black ethnic backgrounds or have a lower income level than others.

There are also differences in where people are likely to be first diagnosed, where they get care, or what type of care they may receive. Some of these differences may relate to issues such as:

  • Different perspectives or beliefs about what seizures and epilepsy are.
  • Negative views of epilepsy that may cause or lead to fear or the perception that someone is “different”, “bad”, or “not normal.”
  • Views about how to treat seizures and epilepsy and the role of nontraditional practices or providers may influence how people use health care.


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