Epilepsy Talk

Some Stress and Anxiety Solutions…

March 21, 2020
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Sometimes my hands shake so much, I look like I’m leading a symphony. (Without a baton.) Legs too, I have to sit down.

Maybe you panic before a test, the very fear of having a seizure, social rejection, job anxieties, debt, fear of failure, an anticipated argument, holidays, fear of flying.

There are probably as many kinds of stress and panic attacks as there are those of us who suffer from them.


Seniors — Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy or Seizures?

March 13, 2020
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The question of whether a person has epilepsy or Alzheimer’s can be a tough one.

Take those “senior moments” — memory lapses, zoning out and other temporary confusion.  These seemingly harmless incidents may actually be a sign of epilepsy.  Roughly 1-2 percent of seniors develop epilepsy — and that rate is rising.

But experts at the U.S. National Council on Aging warn that often epilepsy goes undetected in seniors.


Bullied Because of Epilepsy…

February 29, 2020
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Like lions, they smell the difference…

Like hawks, they sweep down on you…

And like hyenas, they laugh and eat your heart out.


Natural Herbal Remedies for Epilepsy

February 15, 2020
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Long before Dilantin and Phenobarbital, there was epilepsy. And herbal remedies.

Of course, these herbal epilepsy remedies are NOT substitutes to anti-seizure medications, but are more like a supplementary support. Most of them work by preventing a seizure and other symptoms of epilepsy.

(NYU Langone Medical Center estimates that 20 percent of people taking prescription drugs also use herbs.)

Some may sound weird and others familiar. But hey, how can you argue with success?


New Epilepsy Diagnosis — Now What?

February 6, 2020
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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…


Concussions: Helping Your Brain Heal…

January 27, 2020
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It’s a conundrum.

Some people get epilepsy / seizures from concussion-related accidents.

And many people with epilepsy have concussions as a result of their condition…


Antidepressants and Epilepsy…

January 23, 2020
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For a long time, depression was 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.


Can You Believe It?

January 20, 2020
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Just when you thought the modern world was becoming enlightened, there are still a whole lot of myths and fears about epilepsy — fueled by ignorance and misinformation.

These fears might sound ridiculous to you…but they’re real for those who don’t know better.


Yee-Haa! I’m officially an author

January 15, 2020
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You probably remember that my introduction to epilepsy wasn’t a rosy one. (Whose is?)

It really wasn’t until once I was older and came out of the closet that I was willing to share my “dirty little secret”.

And now look where I am…


Epilepsy in Twitter Times

December 17, 2019
14 Comments

Twitter is not our friend.

And the misconceptions and stigma of epilepsy live on.


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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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