Epilepsy and depression often go hand-in-hand. Up to 50% of people who have epilepsy also experience depression at some point in their lives, and this greatly impacts upon their quality of life.
The highest frequency rate occurs in those patients with seizure disorders arising in the temporal or frontal lobes or who have poorly controlled epilepsy. And among TLE patients, those with a left temporal focus had higher depression severity than those with a right focus. A more recent study confirmed these findings and found that patients suffering from a complex partial seizure disorder were much more inclined to have depression, compared to those with generalized tonic-clonic seizures.
However, concern for the potential of certain antidepressants to induce seizures has led to under-treating depression and anxiety disorders in epilepsy patients.
Here are some great resources for Medical Alert jewelry that’s both functional and fun…
There are so many options available for your peace of mind and your child’s safety. They range from the very practical, to the very attractive. But many can be effectively combined to please both parent and child and provide added protection.
Here are just a few…
Just as grown-ups are reluctant to wear Epilepsy ID bracelets – even though they know they’re important, if not essential – kids are even more resistant. They’re “ugly, they’re dorky, they single me out” and they sure aren’t exactly something they’re crazy about wearing.
Well, we’re about to shatter that myth. Because there’s plenty of kids medical alert jewelry that’s not only functional, it’s stylish and fun!
Years ago, women who had epilepsy were often discouraged from getting pregnant. Today, that’s no longer the case. Thanks to early and regular prenatal care, more than 90 percent of pregnant women who have epilepsy deliver healthy babies, according to the Epilepsy Foundation.
I recently met a mother and daughter team who own a wonderful organization called Canine Partners for Life. http://www.k94life.org/html/seizure_alert.htm