Using a standard questionnaire, 121 consequent epileptic patients have been evaluated sociodemographically and according to their beliefs and behaviours about their illness. Monthly income per person was between 26 and 62.5 U.S. dollars (USD) for 3/4 of the patients. About half of the patients were concealing their illness. About one third of the patients' education was hindered because of their illness. When the patients who concealed their illness were compared with the ones who did not, it became clear that the education of the ones who did not conceal the illness was far more hindered. "Carrying an amulet" ratio was greater among the patients who had no social security when compared to the patients with social security. We concluded that prejudice against epileptic patients and superstitions in Turkish population are still valid. Physician should consider the expense of antiepileptics for both patients and the country when prescribing them. All parts of the society should be informed about epilepsy but this again depends on the country's budget. (C) 2003 BEA Treading Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.