Changing name of epilepsy in Korea; Cerebroelectric disorder (noi-jeon-jeung): My Epilepsy Story

Heung Dong Kim, Hoon Chul Kang, Sang Ahm Lee, Kyun Huh, Byung In Lee

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Public misconception of epilepsy may lead to significant stigma to the disease itself, thereby causing impaired quality of life in people with epilepsy. Traditionally, epilepsy has been considered to be the consequence of evanescent spiritual forces, and even demonic possession (in many countries). The names of epilepsy in some East Asian countries originated from China, and include madness in their meaning. We recently changed the Korean name of epilepsy, gan-jil (a crazy, convulsive disease having meaning similar to c), to a neutral and scientifically explainable name: noi-jeon-jeung (ecerebroelectric disorder). We expect that changing the stigmatized name of epilepsy to a neutral and scientific term with the meaning of cerebroelectric disorder will reduce the social stigma by understanding of epilepsy as one of the neurologic disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-386
Number of pages3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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