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Epilepsy & Mental Health



November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, a time dedicated to shedding light on a condition that affects millions worldwide. Discussions often focus on the physical aspects of epilepsy but it’s also necessary to consider the connection to mental health. 

Individuals with epilepsy often deal with much anxiety and depression due to the unpredictability of seizures. The fear of having a “fit” in public or harming oneself in the process can heighten stress levels. It’s essential to acknowledge these emotional challenges and work towards creating a supportive environment. Pre-existing stress and mental health conditions such as anxiety, and depression may act as triggers and influence the frequency and intensity of seizures, resulting in a complex cycle.

Here are three tips that can help to reduce the impact living with epilepsy has on one’s mental well-being.

  1.  Mindfulness and Relaxation: Utilising mindfulness and relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation can help to regain a sense of control over the emotions.
  1. Building a Support Network: Having friends, family, and support groups that can provide understanding, empathy, and practical assistance in dealing with the challenges associated with epilepsy. In Jamaica, the Epilepsy Association (JEA) is also a great resource.
  1. Therapy and Counseling: Mental health professionals can provide great assistance to persons who need to develop coping strategies, and improve overall well-being.

If you are not living with the condition, you can create an impact through raising awareness, dispelling myths and reducing the stigma, all of which can positively impact the mental health of epilepsy warriors.

The National Health is committed to providing support to those diagnosed with Epilepsy. With the NHFCard, beneficiaries can access subsidies on approximately fourteen drug items frequently used to treat the condition.

Addressing the effect epilepsy has on mental health is essential for holistic well-being. By sharing about the condition, we can contribute to a more supportive and understanding environment for individuals living with epilepsy. Let’s work together to break down barriers and foster a community that uplifts and embraces everyone, regardless of their health challenges.

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