Epilepsy Talk

Treating depression is no laughing matter. Or is it?

June 10, 2021
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When you think of treating depression, your mind often goes to antidepressant pills, pills, and more pills. Sometimes all for naught.

According to research published in the World Journal of Psychiatry, up to 15% of people diagnosed with depression don’t respond to traditional medication.

And around 35% say that antidepressants only offer partial relief from widely available treatments, highlighting the need for medication that works in different ways.


Epilepsy and Energy Drinks — Think Before You Drink!

June 7, 2021
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It feels good and it tastes good, it’s easy to drink and it gives you that extra jolt of energy. But is it really worth it?

Think the death of 18-year-old Irish athlete, Ross Cooney, who died within hours after playing a basketball game and consuming four cans of “Red Bull”.


Free Benefits For Folks Over 55!

June 5, 2021
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Over 55?

You can get help with prescriptions, health care, food, utilities, and more. In addition to help with tax relief,
transportation, legal issues, or finding work…FREE!


EEGs and Beyond — Which Tests Do You Need?

June 4, 2021
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How many of us have heard: “Your EEG is normal. You’re fine..” (“It’s all in your head?”)

I know of people who have had 5 EEGs, only to be properly diagnosed when they finally had Video EEG Monitoring. 


Why Your Pharmacist is Your Best Friend

June 2, 2021
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Your pharmacist is the least expensive and most accessible health resource you have. They fill prescriptions and provide expert information about medications — a very important role, considering the prominent use of seizure medications to treat epilepsy.

You can see the pharmacist anytime you want, without an appointment, and all consultations are free. In medicine, that’s extraordinary.


Is Your Home Seizure-Proof?

May 31, 2021
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How many of us have had accidents while having seizures at home?

(I almost drowned in the shower because of the way the shower door was constructed.)

Here are some suggestions to help make your home safer.


Epilepsy and Education…Coming Out Of The Shadows

May 27, 2021
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It starts in the playground. A kid has a seizure and everybody freaks out. Nobody knows what to do.

Maybe not even the school nurse. Even though epilepsy first aid is a cinch.

It’s frightening to see a child seize and then, based on that fright, they think:

“I can’t deal with this.”


What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

May 25, 2021
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All of us have dreams. Some become reality…and some stay in our imaginations…


Wounds That Time Won’t Heal — Childhood Abuse and Epilepsy

May 22, 2021
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All types of abuse — sexual, physical, and emotional (including verbal abuse and witnessing domestic violence) raise the risk of depression, anxiety and epilepsy-like symptoms.

Research featured in Harvard Mental Health Letter and published in The American Journal of Psychiatry looked at the damage that hostile words, and/or yelling can have on a child.

They found “words are weapons that can cause lasting wounds, especially when wielded by parents against children.

The damage is sometimes more serious and lasting than injuries that result from beatings”, say Harvard researchers reporting on a survey of young adults.


Epilepsy Quotes to Inspire You…

May 20, 2021
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Sometimes life — and epilepsy — can get us down. We need a shot of positivity to pull us up.

That’s why I keep some words of wisdom in my back pocket. For when the meanies come round.

Here are some I’d like to share with you:


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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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