Family & Social Situation
10% of people with epilepsy expressed strained family
relationships, citing em-barrassment, financial strain and
being a burden to spouse and family members as chief reasons.
20% also admitted to difficulty making friends or maintaining a
relationship at work or in social gatherings. Low self-esteem, fear
of avoidance and embarrassment were among the
Almost 42% also chose not to divulge their medical condition to their friends.
49 - 53% of responders cite resentment, depression and anxiety as their main psychological barriers. About
70% of people with epilepsy indicated that they would want to marry and have children. While 86% of community respondents
(non-people with epilepsy) agreed that people with epilepsy should marry, only about 36% would allow their children to
Up to 38% of employers would hire an epilepsy sufferer though
66% would do so if seizures did not interfere with the epilepsy
sufferer’s job. Almost half of the people with epilepsy polled keep
their medical condition from their employers. As part of their
employee medical benefits, employers in general do provide
varying amounts of subsidy for employee health care visits.
Employers are understandably hesitant in employing people
with chronic illnesses that could require frequent clinic visits and
time off work. There currently doe not exist any sheltered workshops
or government initiatives to encourage employers to hire
people with epilepsy.
The type of jobs available to people with
epilepsy could also be curtailed by their level of education and
their educational exposure and progress during their developing