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National Epilepsy Awareness Month

or NEAM [ nash-uh-nl ep-uh-lep-see uh-wair-nis muhnth ]

What is National Epilepsy Awareness Month?

National Epilepsy Awareness Month is a monthlong observance each year in the US dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy and supporting people with epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder that affects a person’s central nervous system. It can affect attention span and sleep and can cause seizures.

People with epilepsy often face discrimination, especially in education, work, and housing.

Efforts during National Epilepsy Awareness Month often involve encouraging people to learn about epilepsy and advocate for those affected by it.

The month is often symbolized by purple ribbons and the color purple in general.

🗓 When is National Epilepsy Awareness Month?

National Epilepsy Awareness Month takes place every year in November.

Related words

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Older Americans Month, Autism Awareness Month, Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, International Day of Peace

Where does National Epilepsy Awareness Month come from?

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National Epilepsy Awareness Month was officially recognized in the US in 2003, but it has been observed in some form since 1969.

In the US, it wasn’t until 1980 that it was legal everywhere in the US for people with epilepsy to get married. Efforts to raise awareness about epilepsy often spotlight historical and ongoing discrimination and barriers for people with epilepsy.

National Epilepsy Awareness Month is typically given a new theme each year. In 2021, the theme was Remove the Filter, which aimed to help people talk openly about their experiences of epilepsy.

Examples of National Epilepsy Awareness Month

In honor of National Epilepsy Awareness Month, our girls decided to show their support by donning the color “Purple”!
@greene_devils, November 30, 2021
I try not to get this real on the tl but this is very important to me. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 1 in 10 people will experience a seizure throughout their life, and 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy. I am the 1 in 26.
@hellinabasket29, November 2, 2020
Mary Loughlin will tell you purple is not her favorite color, but during November, National Epilepsy Awareness Month, she wears purple every day. "Because if you're going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk," she said.
Chelsea Strub, WNEP, November 12, 2021

More information and context on National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Did you know … ?

  • Over 3 million people in the United States have epilepsy.
  • While seizures are commonly associated with epilepsy, you don’t have to have epilepsy to have a seizure.
  • People often wear purple as part of raising awareness of epilepsy.

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