Epilepsy and secondary perceived stigma in a social setting: A night at the theater

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Stigma impacts > 50% of persons with epilepsy (PWE) and is a key factory in quality of life. Stigma can be both enacted (external factors) and felt (internal factors). In this article, felt/perceived stigma is more broadly defined as a combination of internal factors and perceptions of external factors. Secondary perceived stigma is felt/perceived stigma by a third party. A key, but often underappreciated, consideration in felt/perceived stigma may occur when a seemingly innocuous statement by a speaker is perceived as stigmatizing by the PWE and/or even by an unintended third party. This autobiographic short report addresses secondary perceived stigma in a social setting, the theater.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-140
Number of pages3
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


  • Education
  • Enacted and felt stigma
  • Epilepsy
  • Prevention
  • Psychosocial comorbidities
  • Quality of life
  • Research
  • Social identity


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