Stigma in epilepsy

Kirsten M. Fiest, Gretchen L. Birbeck, Ann Jacoby, Nathalie Jette

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Stigma remains a weight those with epilepsy have to carry and a defining feature of their identity. This article highlights recent studies published in the area of stigma, knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding epilepsy. First, recent studies addressing the frequency of stigma and factors associated with stigma are discussed. Second, tools developed to ascertain stigma in epilepsy, or knowledge, attitudes, and practices, are examined. Lastly, we discuss interventions recently studied to reduce stigma in epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number444
JournalCurrent Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Epilepsy
  • Knowledge, attitudes, practice
  • Social morbidity
  • Socioeconomic
  • Stigma


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