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Quality Of Childhood Epilepsy

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INTRODUCTION

pilepsy is one of the most common and serious neurological disorders of childhood, having multiple physical, social and psychological consequences. It is an important health problem in developing countries, where its prevalence reaches as high as 57%. Epilepsy is defined as a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent crisis, resulting from an excessive discharge of neurons in certain areas of the brain, usual in childhood, impacting on cognition, language and education of epileptic children (Moura et al., 2014; Shubham et al., 2014 and Pimentel et al., 2015).

Approximately 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, with almost 80% of these people live in low- and middle-income countries (WHO, 2016). More than half of cases
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The management of epilepsy re¬quires recognition of potential effect of epilepsy on all aspects of life. It is increasingly being recognized that health related qual¬ity of life measurement adds new and important information to other traditional health outcome measures such as seizure control and cognitive improvement. Quality of life is the subjec-tive feeling of well-being and it predicts the subjective feeling of happiness or unhappiness about various life concerns. Assessing the quality of life can also reflect the overall mental well- being (Sunitha and Vijayalakshmi,…show more content…
Studies have described feelings of shame, rejection, fear, worry, low self-esteem, and perception of stigma to be common in children with epilepsy. Epilepsy also has a significant emotional impact on both parents and the affected children, and parental emotional stability has been found to be a major predictor of the quality of life (QOL) of the epileptic child (Monir, 2013; Viteva, 2014; Tavares et al., 2015 and Khajeh et al.,
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