Epilepsy Talk

12 Recipes For Happiness — Even If You Have Epilepsy!

August 14, 2020
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No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.” — Barbara de Angelis

We all know that epilepsy is no day at the beach. You may feel depression, anxiety, fear, isolation, anger, or a whole host of other things, too may to mention.

But, if you dig deep into yourself, perhaps there’s a few things you can do to relieve those feelings.

Here are some ideas…


A Neurologist Talks About His Own Epilepsy…

August 12, 2020
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In this eye-opening article from the New York Times, a neurologist talks about his own journey with epilepsy: his perceptions, other people’s reactions (not good) and how he decided to become a neurologist.


What is YOUR story?

August 7, 2020
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When did you find out that you had epilepsy?

How?

What did you do after being diagnosed? 

How do you cope with it now?


Epilepsy Studies: True or False?

August 3, 2020
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There’s a “Golden Rule” which says: “He who has the most gold makes the rules.”

And who might that be? And what are the methods used?

Some are simply amazing. (Or at least I thought so.)

But they all follow the “Golden Rule.”

Did you know about the “The Foreign Factor”?


Epilepsy Related Conditions

July 29, 2020
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In chronic conditions, such as epilepsy, the coexistence of more than one illness in a patient is the rule rather than the exception…

Men and women with epilepsy have a two-to five-fold increase in the occurrence of conditions, such as migraine, cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disorders. Along with gastrointestinal disorders, pulmonary disorders, dementia, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, anxiety, and personality disorders.

The type and prevalence of conditions is largely age dependent. 

For example, among epilepsy patients, asthma is common among the young, while cardiovascular diseases and stroke are prevalent in older individuals—but both occur more frequently than in the general population.

Below is a sampling of some of the conditions which are related (but not necessarily caused) by epilepsy…


Will that antidepressant work for you?

July 26, 2020
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The answer may be in your brain waves.

“Scientists have taken a small step toward personalizing treatment for depression.


Can I Substitute Generic Drugs for My Anti-Seizure Medications?

July 24, 2020
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The controversy about generic drugs continues…


People Talk About Their Out-Of-Body Experiences

July 22, 2020
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People speak of their own experiences:

“The best way I can describe it is that it was like watching television in your mind.”


Who’s Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills?

July 19, 2020
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This is from the NEW York Times, February 14, 2020.

It speaks of the secret methods of billing. Who pays and who does not. (A precious few.)


Doctors behaving badly…

July 16, 2020
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We all have had at least one experience when a doctor either behaved badly or treated us in a way we didn’t feel we deserved.

“He could have spoken in a nicer tone,” you might mumble to your husband.

But what do you do when the experience with a doctor takes a sharper turn?

What if he doesn’t believe your symptoms or validate your experience?

What if he doesn’t take into account your pain before beginning an in-office procedure?

The shock, fear, and disappointment of having a bad doctor experience can be daunting.

What can you do?


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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