Epilepsy Talk

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?


When it’s not “just” epilepsy…

July 5, 2021
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In chronic conditions, such as epilepsy, the coexistence of more than one illness in a patient is the rule rather than the exception…


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.


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.


Depression is quiet

December 12, 2020
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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.


Seizure Provoking Conditions…

November 22, 2020
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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…


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.


Death, Depression and AEDs

March 3, 2020
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“Suicide Risk from 11 Anti-Epilepsy Drugs,” headlines blared across the country.

But we’re still here.

Was it sensationalism by the journalists, irresponsibility by the pharmaceutical industry or laxness of the FDA?


Move Over VNS…There’s A New Guy in Town!

January 28, 2018
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What if I were to say there’s a new nerve stimulation therapy that requires NO SURGERY and reduces seizures among those who are drug resistant by about 40 percent?

SAY HELLO TO TRIGEMINAL NERVE STIMULATION!

The difference between this experimental device and the VNS is that the skin is never penetrated and the TNS is powered by an external device about the size of a large cell phone.


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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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