You’ve just received an epilepsy diagnosis. Now what?
If you have epilepsy, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to help keep your seizures under control. An epilepsy expert at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center explains.
Each year, depression affects one in five Americans overall. Add in a chronic health condition such as epilepsy, and the risk of depression rises. In fact, almost half of all people with epilepsy will suffer from depression at some point in their life.
The possibility of depression should be considered if you suffer negative feelings that last for two weeks or longer.
Common symptoms include:
Depression often runs in families, or it may be triggered by a particular experience, such as a major life change, loss, financial problems — or an illness like epilepsy.
There are a variety of reasons that epilepsy can increase the risk of depression:
Whatever leads to your depression, the most important things to know are that it’s not your fault and there are things we can do to improve your mental health.
Depression is treatable. Don’t wait to ask for help. Learn more about mental health resources at Ohio State.