Epilepsy and seizures can be hard to live with on a daily basis. It is estimated that around 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy.
If you or a loved one has epilepsy there is help available. Your doctor should be able to refer you to members of the health care team, like neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, or social workers. These health care workers specialize in helping people with epilepsy and their families to live better lives.
There are a variety of treatments aimed at helping you to understand the impact of your disorder. Here are a couple of therapies that might help you:
Cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of therapy has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, or anger (or more than one of these) in some people with epilepsy.
Yoga/relaxation can be a beneficial therapy. It is well known that stress can be a major contributor to negative behavior. The goal with these methods of relaxation is to reduce your response to stress in your life. Here are some methods that might help you relax:
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Deep breathing
Again, everyone will respond to treatments and medication differently. Therapy and medication might be right for you. The overall goal is to find the right combination that works for you so you can live a life mostly worry free from epilepsy.