The extent to which epilepsy affects people’s lives depends on the frequency and severity of their seizures and on how effectively they respond to medication.
Epilepsy can affect a person’s:
- state of mind (it can lead to low self-esteem and depression)
- opportunities, in terms of work and education
- social life.
However, you can support a person to become as active as possible with the help of their GP and others in the support network. Carry out an assessment which will cover areas such as:
- possible triggers and ways to avoid them
- the medication appropriate for different situations
- the amount of supervision and support necessary.
The more active and involved a person is in their community, the less likely they are to become depressed or lack confidence.
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