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.


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.


How are your meds affecting you?

April 29, 2021
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They’re necessary, but not necessarily nice.

And every med has its own side-effect. Just as different people experience different difficulties.

Here’s the low-down on the possible side-effects of your drugs and others.

Some might sound painfully familiar…


When Your Meds Cost More Than You Can Afford — AED Drug Assistance Programs

April 27, 2021
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Today, things are constantly changing.

Especially when it comes to epilepsy medications and resources.

Some companies have expanded their programs or even offer new ones.

Others have cut their funds, and sadly others have ceased to exist.

Here’s a new and comprehensive list…


Sleep and Seizures. How Much Is It Costing You?

April 21, 2021
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Sleepless nights. Exhausted afternoons. Confusion. Memory loss. Trouble with concentration, mood swings and of course, seizures.

Which may increase in frequency or severity. Or even contribute to intractable seizures.

It seems like an endless cycle.


Marijuana has won…

April 17, 2021
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In the span of two decades, marijuana legalization has gone from a fringe issue to one the vast majority of Americans embrace.

In 2000, just 31 percent of the country backed legalization while 64 percent opposed it, according to Gallup’s public surveys.

By 2020, the numbers flipped: The most recent Gallup poll on the topic showed that 68 percent supported legalization and 32 percent were against it.


Combined Meds — What They Are Doing to Your Body

April 9, 2021
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For many of us, monotherapy just doesn’t work.

However adjunct therapy has its dangers.

And both treatments carry their own interactive risks – even with things as innocent as aspirin.


Medical Marijuana — What the Experts are Saying

April 7, 2021
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“It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes Marijuana is the only thing that works… It is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve Marijuana. We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.” — Dr. Sanjay Gupta — Neurosurgeon.  


Medical Marijuana — It’s Here to Stay…

March 27, 2021
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Let’s face it. The time has come.

Even the FDA has opened its eyes with new clinical trials.

Although the AMA chooses to keep their heads in the sand. For now.

It used to be popular to debate the merits and dangers of medical marijuana.

For example, it could lead to addiction. Like cocaine. (Oh please!)

But now, there’s clinically proven scientific proof, with more to come…


Biofeedback for Epilepsy, Pain, Parkinson’s and More…

March 25, 2021
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This breakthrough news comes from Bottom Line Health…

“People with Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or addictions may be able to learn how to ‘think themselves better’ by altering their brain waves to improve their symptoms.

A new form of treatment called neurofeedback (also known as biofeedback) has a unique focus on controlling brain wave activity rather than skin temperature, heart rate, breathing and muscle tension.

Neurofeedback now is used with a wide scope of health issues, including not only those listed above but also autism, chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety…


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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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