World over, for centuries, epilepsy has been misunderstood or has even been considered a social stigma.
In fact, doctors point out that epilepsy is one of the most misunderstood diseases throughout history including India. Why? Because symptoms such as seizures and hallucinations have been thought to be caused by supernatural elements or evil spirits.
For example, a neurologist in a public hospital in India who diagnoses around 100 epileptic patients a week points out that the patients believe they are possessed or those with epilepsy are treated with home remedies such as making them hold metal, smell an onion or even old shoes.