Managing Epilepsy

Epilepsy can get in the way of life, mostly when seizures keep happening. Sometimes, seizures make it hard to work, go to school, drive, and take part in social activities. When seizures are not controlled, it increases the risk of

  • Injury
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • In some cases, death
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Sometimes even epilepsy treatment can cause problems such as feeling tired.

Self-management is what you do to take care of yourself. You can learn how to manage your epilepsy and have an active and full life.

Successful self-management requires an active partnership between a person with epilepsy, the person’s healthcare provider, and family and friends.

To help keep your seizures in check:

  • Take your medicine as prescribed.
  • Talk with your healthcare provider when you have questions.
  • Recognize seizure triggers (such as stress).
  • Keep a record of your seizures.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Exercise safely.
  • Lower stress.
  • Keep in touch with friends and family members that can help you.

Source: Centers for Disease Control. Updated 7/26/2017