Evanescence's Amy Lee Talks Seizures

(Gibson) Evanescence singer Amy Lee is busy prepping for the band's forthcoming, self-titled album (out October 11), but she's also spending chunks of time promoting epilepsy awareness. Lee's brother, Robby, experienced his first seizure when he was 8 years old, so the cause is dear to Lee. "People don't know what to do when someone's having a seizure," Lee told Samaritanmag, while in Toronto promoting the new album.

"People freak out if someone is having a seizure. They think there's something wrong with them or they're on drugs or demon-possessed," she added. "I think, especially in young people, we have enough against us to make us feel awkward and different that things like that we should be able to understand because it's totally not that weird. We all have our little differences and quirks about us. And I want to spread awareness. It's really common."

The Epilepsy Foundation states epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. If someone has a seizure, how should passersby respond? " You don't put a wallet in their mouth; don't put anything in their mouth; that's this big weird stupid thing they're not going to swallow their tongue! That's physically impossible," Lee said. "You just want to make sure they're not going to hit their head and give them some space and let them breathe, and just let them get through it. That's it, and just don't freak out. That's part of it, too. It's normal. It's [going to] pass in a second. Call an ambulance if they need an ambulance." more on this story

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