Epilepsy Talk

Wounds that time won’t heal — childhood abuse and epilepsy

October 7, 2022
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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.


Seizure Provoking Conditions…

December 19, 2021
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Few of these conditions will cause epilepsy itself…but many can lead to seizures. So consider this a definition of the possibilities…


28 Ways to Boost Energy Instantly

November 7, 2021
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“I feel like I’m burning the candle at neither end.” All burned out.

Is it epilepsy? Is it chemistry?

It’s more than that. It’s resignation. Depression. No way out.

So, it should be no surprise that studies show:

Fatigue was more frequent in epilepsy patients than controls or general population.

Depression and sleep-related problems affected fatigue in epilepsy patients.

And the frequency of fatigue was 47.1% in adult patients with epilepsy.

WHAT DO I DO?


Depression is quiet

October 26, 2021
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You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.

People hide it like a paper bag over their heads, out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.


Vagus Nerve Stimulation…Is it for YOU?

September 12, 2021
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Having a Vagus Nerve Stimulator implanted can be a tough decision. Is it right for you? Will it work? What are the side effects and consequences?

I did some research and got the low-down on what it is, how it works and some interesting statistics.


When it’s not “just” epilepsy…

August 4, 2021
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At least 50 percent of adults with active epilepsy are also living with other health conditions say experts at a leading epilepsy medical research charity.


Why would a psychiatrist be embarrassed?

July 23, 2021
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Pills. Medication. They’re a sign of mental illness.

Even if you take them for depression, stability, anxiety.

There must be something inherently wrong with you.

What does it mean if you do need medication?

Are you’re crazy? Mentally ill? Unstable? Unreliable?

What if you ARE a psychiatrist AND take medication?


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.


CBT — When you feel that you’ve hit rock bottom…

June 13, 2020
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Sara had a brain surgery gone wrong. She spent all of her savings and all of her resources on rehab. One year later, she went home, only to be able to toilet herself and say “dog”. She was lost.

Both physically and mentally. You might say she was “a basket case”.  

Sandy was in a near fatal car accident. She survived, but just barely. After her physical healing, she said she couldn’t put two sentences together.

Then she heard about CBT.


Seizures…Memory…Depression. YES, They Are Linked!

May 13, 2020
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At least one third of people with epilepsy also have depression.

Epilepsy can have different effects on memory functions and depression for various reasons.

Because the portion of the brain where memory and emotions are stored — the limbic system — can be disturbed by epileptic seizures.

In fact, memory problems are one of the most reported problems that coincide with epilepsy.


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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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