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Antidepressants and epilepsy…

May 22, 2022
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For a long time, depression has been thought to be a complication of epilepsy.

“People with a history of depression have a 3 to 7 times higher risk of developing epilepsy. This kind of information is forcing us to take a second look at the interaction between depression and epilepsy” said Dr. Andres Kanner, a Professor of Clinical Neurology and Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.


Time out from Wednesday 5/18 – Sunday 5/22

May 18, 2022
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Be well and please, take care of one another.


What Part of Your Epilepsy Do You Hate Most?

May 16, 2022
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Compared to others, I know I’m very lucky, but the concussions really stink.

And the anxiety never goes away.


Is it a headache, an aura, a migraine, a seizure, or perhaps ALL four!

May 11, 2022
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If you’ve had a migraine with auras that triggered an epileptic seizure, you might have experienced migraine-induced epilepsy.

Another name for this phenomenon is migralepsy.

Scientists have debated the existence and terminology of this phenomenon for some time.


Say good-bye to the miserable world of migraines…

May 11, 2022
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Your head is throbbing, pulsing, pounding, light is blinding, you want to puke, you can’t think straight. Sound familiar?

Welcome to the miserable world of migraines.


Epilepsy & Migraines — Kissing Cousins

May 7, 2022
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A strong relationship between migraines and epilepsy has long been suspected.

But now it is fact, according to extensive research cited by Steven Karceski, MD in Practical Neurology Magazine.


Dilantin – What People Are Saying…

May 4, 2022
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When I was first diagnosed with epilepsy back in 1969, the availability of AEDs was limited.

Phenobarbital or Dilantin.

Pick your poison.

I chose Dilantin. It was not a pretty picture.

I was a walking zombie, constantly keeling over, and the final insult was when I went into a coma because of toxic blood levels. (No brain, no pain?)

But many have their own serious tales to tell. Here are some of their experiences. And some advice…


Dilantin – Hero or Horror?

May 1, 2022
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Since it first came out, Dilantin has always had its fans and its detractors.

Who can forget Jack Nicholson’s out-of-control behavior as the “crazy” in Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”!


New Epilepsy Diagnosis – Now What?

April 29, 2022
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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…


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

April 26, 2022
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All of us have dreams. Some become reality…and some stay in our imaginations forever.


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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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