The diagnosis of epilepsy can be a drastic shock for those individuals who are first being diagnosed with it, as well as trying to figure out how to cope with it on a daily basis. They really don’t know what to think. It almost feels like you feel your heart drop to the floor. I understand how it feels. I guarantee you guys though that it will get better in due time. With the right resources and support system, you will get through it.
There are those times where the overwhelming effects that epilepsy has on the person can cause them to have extreme stress that can lead to anxiety or depression. Depression and anxiety affect one out of three people with seizures and one out of two people with uncontrollable epilepsy. It is not uncommon for people with epilepsy to experience depression and anxiety. It does not have to be a direct result of the diagnosis, it can be a symptom of the particular type of epilepsy syndrome. For example, when someone experiences auras, or warning signs, the person reports that he or she feels an anxious sensation come across them. On the other hand, anxiety and depression can be caused by the side effects of some anti- seizure medications. One of the medications that I am taking, keppra, has anxiety and depression as a common side effect. If the side effects are left untreated, they can become worse as time goes on. Talk to a medical professional if you feel there may be a change in your mental health.
Continue to stay positive and strong. You will be able to surpass anything.