Epilepsy Talk

Lefties Unite!

August 17, 2019
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So you have epilepsy.  And you’re left-handed.  Is it a curse…a blessing…or a challenge?

Well, you’re not exactly alone.  Between six and sixteen percent of people today are left-handed. And guess what? 

Left-handedness is also associated with a higher incidence of epilepsy. 

Gee, what a surprise!

But, here’s the good news…


How to Start Your Own Adult Epilepsy Support Group

August 14, 2019
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One thing I’ve discovered is the search for support groups is endless — and seldom successful.

Especially now that charitable contributions are tight and epilepsy centers have had to cut expenses. (Yes, our support is considered an “expense”.)

That’s why I’ve put together this short guide on how to form your own Epilepsy Support Group.


7 Myths About Medication — and the Facts Behind Them

August 11, 2019
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Misconceptions about medicine are as common as pills on a pharmacy shelf.

We could all use a healthy dose of the truth.

Cleveland Clinic drug information pharmacist Katie Stabi, PharmD, BCPS, debunks seven of the most common myths about medications below:


Poetry Is Music To The Soul…

August 10, 2019
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And we souls with epilepsy could use a little music.  But, since we can’t hear you, we’ll have to settle for the written word.


How Music Soothes Your Seizures…

August 6, 2019
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Music is food for the soul, the mind and the body.

Great music, when carefully selected, can change our moods, energize us, calm us, improve our mental focus, lift us up spiritually, and help us become more healthy.

Not surprisingly, music has also been found to have a profoundly positive effect on people with epilepsy.

In fact, one research study even found that when patients are treated with music therapy as well as conventional anti-seizure meds, as many as eighty percent of seizures were reduced by seventy-five percent!


Epilepsy, Anxiety and Depression

August 3, 2019
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One study stated that 80% of the patients with epilepsy were also diagnosed as having a depressive disorder.

Upwards of 60% of these individuals had a history of significant episodes of depression.

And 10-32% experience symptoms of anxiety.

Not too reassuring, is it?


Epilepsy at the Movies — Don’t Believe What You See or Hear!

July 10, 2019
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I bet you won’t be surprised to hear that epilepsy is most often depicted in sci-fi and horror films.

Just think of “The Andromeda Strain”, “Crazed”, “Deadwood”, “The Exorcist”, “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”, “Frankenstein”, “The Garden State”, “Lighthouse” and “The Terminal Man” to name a few.

DEMONIC = EPILEPTIC!


Anti-Epilepsy Medication Side-Effects

June 25, 2019
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They’re necessary but not necessarily nice.

And every med has its own side-effects.

Just as different people experience different difficulties.

But here‘s the low-down on the possible side-effects.

I hope you don’t have to suffer any of them. (Or as few as possible.)


Epilepsy Glossary — 100+ Terms Defined

June 22, 2019
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Even if you do have epilepsy, it doesn’t necessarily mean you know all the lingo. (I didn’t!) So here are some definitions of medical terms related to epilepsy…


12 Recipes For Happiness — Even If You Have Epilepsy!

June 11, 2019
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“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.” — Barbara de Angelis

We all know that epilepsy is no day at the beach. You may feel depression, anxiety, fear, isolation, anger, or a whole host of other things, too may to mention.

But, if you dig deep into yourself, perhaps there’s a few things you can do to relieve those feelings.

Here are some ideas…


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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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