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You daily manage a difficult, unpredictable illness that is stigmatized, triggering issues around self-image and safety.
Your mental health care needs are largely the same as everyone’s. Regular exercise is important, as is eating nutritious foods and getting enough sleep. Having work, personal interests that are meaningful, and social connections boosts well-being in all of us.
However, the symptoms of epilepsy also make your mental health concerns unique.
The go-to might be an epilepsy support group, mental health professional, doctor, or a good friend who agrees to field anxiety calls day or night.
Some anxiety is an inevitable part of life, but it becomes a mental health problem when it prevents people from doing what they normally do. If your anxiety disrupts your life, seek professional help.
As with anxiety, if depressive symptoms begin taking over your day or crimps your functioning, it has become a mental health problem that needs professional attention.
An effective treatment for people struggling with epilepsy and mental health issues is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is based on the idea that what we feel is triggered by how we think. Therapy sessions will focus on the thoughts and beliefs you hold that create anxiety or tarnish your self-image.
Typically, CBT sessions occur once per week for about 4-16 weeks, and many insurance companies cover them.
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