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Pledis Entertainment's Hang Dong Geun confesses to having epilepsy

By alice101   Thursday, October 27, 2016   42,616   1,980   16
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Singer Han Dong Geun confessed to suffering from epilepsy.


On the October 27 airing of KBS 2TV 'Happy Together,' the singer discussed his passing out during 'Masked King.' Hang Dong Geun shared, "I have an illness called epilepsy."

He explained, "Brain cells are connected with electric current, but when I am stressed out, the current becomes temporarily weak, and I become stiff and have a seizure...I can't remember the before and after [of the seizure]. Everyone has different symptoms." 


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Hang Dong Geun shared a story, saying, "I wake up in the morning but then find myself on the bathroom floor, sleeping...And sometimes I don't remember what I did on air, so I monitor the show on TV...It's been 3-4 years since I started to pass out. Because it happened so frequently, a lot of my brain cells are dead, I am told. The seizures become worse and I have to be on medication." 


To the other guests on the show who expressed concern, Hang Dong Geun explained that he has gotten better than before. 

Korea's view on epilepsy is still negative, with a lot of stigma against the illness even though it can be managed with treatments. Many do not openly share about their condition, fearing discrimination. Hang Dong Geun is the first celebrity to make his epilepsy public on TV. 




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    Gallifreyan7 Saturday, October 29, 2016

    I don't understand what's the big deal with epilepsy in Korea...

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    samoankpoper21 Friday, October 28, 2016

    I'm glad that he's speaking out on it! He's taking a stand and is letting the Korean public know that mental illnesses and psychological distress are real and that these can't be treated as taboo subjects!This reminds me of anl Hello Counselor episode with 2PM where Taecyeon was the only one thag thought it was an issue of the over obsessive girlfriend and the rest of the cast laughed and pretty much shunned the notion of her (the guest's) mental being needing prognosis..

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    4NIAB2UTYHONEY Thursday, October 27, 2016

    That sucks :(

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    CiCi1124 Thursday, October 27, 2016

    I understand how some people with epilepsy might not want to make it publicly known.  My friend's mom, they are Chinese, had epilepsy and her family wouldn't let her get treatment for it. For some reason, they thought that having epilepsy was disgraceful and embarrassing. My friend's mom passed away because of this illness. She was only 38 years old.

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    Hun_Han Thursday, October 27, 2016

    you can never know how much people are suffering on their own, i feel sorry for him hearing this :(

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    Blue82 Thursday, October 27, 2016

    Epilepsy isn't mental illness it's an actual disease caused by issues with neurons and synapses. The fact that such a critical illness is shamed is just wrong on many levels. It makes me worry that there are people suffering seizures who won't seek help. Not all seizures are the kind where you pass out and shake either. Absence seizures can cause eye fluttering and a vacant look on the face of the person having them and sometimes people don't even realize they are having them. My youngest daughter started having absence seizures when she's was around two and a half and it took medication to control it. You can get brain damage if you don't seek help. Thankfully she's been seizure free for the past few years so her neurologist has taken her off the depekene slowly and she was still seizure free. I really hope that he has his under control and that medication is helping him.

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    hanalala707 Blue82 Thursday, October 27, 2016

    Do you have a daughter? How old are you?

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    Blue82 hanalala707 Thursday, October 27, 2016

    I have three daughters ages 7, 8, and 13. I'm 34. My youngest is special needs though so it's like having a child closer to 4 than 7.

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    leftiessayno Blue82 Friday, October 28, 2016

    May all your daughters stay healthy!

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    Blue82 leftiessayno Friday, October 28, 2016

    Thank you!

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    ladamenoire Thursday, October 27, 2016

    The attitude in Korea against mental illness/neurological divergences is just disgusting, I'm sorry; there's a lot good about the country, but this just makes me sick. No one should have to "confess" to having a condition they can't help or treat it like a shame - it's literal different wiring in the brain. I'm autistic and I'm just as valuable a person as a neurotypical. Being epileptic doesn't make someone subhuman, and some comments on other sites have made me want to punch walls.

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    DemosthenesVoice Thursday, October 27, 2016

    He's really brave for telling the public about it.  like how he's taking it on as a responsibility. The stigma there against mental illness is appalling.

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    seoulhyunnie DemosthenesVoice Thursday, October 27, 2016

    ?? epilepsy isn't a mental illness.

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    SUJUshinee4ever Thursday, October 27, 2016

    i dont even know the guy, but i feel really sorry for him. Epileptic patients go through a lot. I dont understand why koreans have some negative attitude towards this disease. Nobody wants to be epileptic by his/ her own choice, so there is no point in demeaning anyone having this disease (or any disease for that matter). I hope people over there will be a bit more sympathetic towards epileptic patients

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    hanalala707 Thursday, October 27, 2016

    Is he singer or ceo?

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    boicemusic94 hanalala707 Thursday, October 27, 2016

    haha singer (:

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