Article Title: Psychosis Associated With Epilepsy: Challenges And Opportunities In Developing Countries
Author(s): Saeed Farooq
Journal: Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, 2008, Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 1-2
Developing countries bear more than 90% of the total burden of disease caused by epilepsy worldwide as estimated by Disability Adjusted Life Years. About 80-98% of patients suffering from epilepsy in the developing countries are untreated1,2. The discrimination, stigma and ignorance about the disorder are widely prevalent in developing countries. A recent survey from Turkey showed that 70% of people thought that epilepsy resulted from supernatural causes2. The prospects of marriage for a girl suffering from epilepsy are often bleak in our country.