Epilepsy Talk

Super Seizure De-Stressor

December 27, 2019
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We all know that stress is a super trigger for seizures.  Whether it’s family, friends, frustrations, conflict, work, school, fear, anger, anxiety, depression.  The list is almost endless.

While nobody can say there’s a magic formula for de-stressing, you might give Progressive Muscle Relaxation a try.  It’s a pretty powerful tool.


Some Stress and Anxiety Solutions…

October 27, 2019
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Sometimes my hands shake so much, I look like I’m leading a symphony. (Without a baton.) Legs too, I have to sit down.

Maybe you panic before a test, the very fear of having a seizure, social rejection, job anxieties, debt, fear of failure, an anticipated argument, holidays, fear of flying.

There are probably as many kinds of stress and panic attacks as there are those of us who suffer from them.

And behaviors: trembling, sweating, hyperventilating, breathlessness, feeling faint or light-headed, a sense of disorientation, cramping, nausea, your heart pounding like it’s going to explode from your chest, a fear of dying.

Or you’re just plain scared.


Foods That Fight Stress…

July 19, 2018
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I worked as a writer in the health and wellness field for more than ten years.  So I know a thing or two about this stuff.  (And stress!) 

But I also know from personal experience that epilepsy is a very unique condition. 

Between all the different types of seizures, and triggers, and meds…there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

The same goes for de-stressing your diet. 
What works for one might not work for another.  And it certainly doesn’t take the place of meds. 

However, I do believe that although living a healthy lifestyle won’t cure you…it can certainly help you.

So, here’s some information for sensible stress-busting eating…


10 Ways to Cope with Your Stress and Anxiety

April 21, 2018
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You’re choking. You’re drowning. You’re going down for the count. How many times have we all been there?

I’m sure everyone has their own way of coping — or else we wouldn’t be here.

Nonetheless, here are some helpful tips to get you over that hump…


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Epilepsy

April 19, 2014
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What was once known as “shell shock” is now called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD).

PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults, and while it’s impossible to predict who will develop PTSD in response to trauma, there are certain risk factors that increase your vulnerability.

Of course, the first thought is of veterans. But anyone can get PTSD at any age.

Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 out of every 10 (or 60%) of men and 5 of every 10 (or 50%) of women experience at least one trauma in their lives.


Traumatic and Post Traumatic Stress — Online Support Groups

April 19, 2014
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It’s incredible. When I researched resources for Traumatic Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, there weren’t many.

An embarrassing shortage, considering the magnitude of need.

That’s the sad news.

The good news is that I found loads of all kinds of different stress disorder support groups online.

This is just a small sampling of different Traumatic Stress and Post Traumatic Stress support groups.

To find more, simply type in your subject and look for forums or support groups.

There’s a wealth of wonderful resources for those who have shared whatever trauma you’ve suffered.


Natural Herbal Remedies for Epilepsy

February 15, 2020
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Long before Dilantin and Phenobarbital, there was epilepsy. And herbal remedies.

Of course, these herbal epilepsy remedies are NOT substitutes to anti-seizure medications, but are more like a supplementary support. Most of them work by preventing a seizure and other symptoms of epilepsy.

(NYU Langone Medical Center estimates that 20 percent of people taking prescription drugs also use herbs.)

Some may sound weird and others familiar. But hey, how can you argue with success?


New Epilepsy Diagnosis — Now What?

February 6, 2020
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You’re scared. Who wouldn’t be? 
The docs. There are lots of terrific ones. 
The tests. They can actually help to correctly diagnose your epilepsy.
I’ll die. Not very likely. 
My life is over. No, it’s not, but it will change…


Memory Tips You (Hopefully) Won’t Forget!

February 1, 2020
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I have a confession to make.

I was the queen of “Post-Its”. I had Post-Its on tables, counters, walls, doors. I don’t know how I lived without them.

I guess, in the “old” days, I was the same with lists. Many lists. And way too much Scotch Tape.

Factoid: The man who invented Post-Its was an employee at 3M (also the maker of Scotch Tape) who went to his boss with a bright new idea.

I don’t know if he got a raise, but he gets no royalties. Just my undying admiration and thanks.

Anyway, short of taking stock in 3M, here are some other suggestions…


Epilepsy and Memory…

January 30, 2020
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To say that lack of memory is a major worry for those of us with epilepsy is hardly a surprise.

In fact, it’s the number one concern.

Simply put, memory is our brain’s ability to store information and find it again later.

Chemical and electrical changes happen in your brain when new memories are made.

It’s a natural brain process that requires continuing attention and recording by parts of your brain.

Seizures interfere with your memory by interfering with attention or input of information.

Confusion often follows a seizure, and during this foggy time, new memory traces aren’t being laid down in the brain.


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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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