Question: How to tell a new partner about epilepsy?

How do I tell my boyfriend I have epilepsy?

Its definitely a good idea to tell anyone youre dating regularly about your epilepsy, just the same as youd tell them anything else important about yourself. However, its also a good idea to wait until you feel comfortable with the other person before bringing up a topic as personal as epilepsy.

Can epilepsy transfer from one person to another?

Epilepsy is not contagious. Although many underlying disease mechanisms can lead to epilepsy, the cause of the disease is still unknown in about 50% of cases globally. The causes of epilepsy are divided into the following categories: structural, genetic, infectious, metabolic, immune and unknown.

What is the life expectancy for someone with epilepsy?

Reduction in life expectancy can be up to 2 years for people with a diagnosis of idiopathic/cryptogenic epilepsy, and the reduction can be up to 10 years in people with symptomatic epilepsy. Reductions in life expectancy are highest at the time of diagnosis and diminish with time.

Does caffeine worsen epilepsy?

Caffeine can increase seizure susceptibility and protect from seizures, depending on the dose, administration type (chronic or acute), and the developmental stage at which caffeine exposure started. In animal studies, caffeine decreased the antiepileptic potency of some drugs; this effect was strongest in topiramate.

Should I tell my friends I have epilepsy?

Remember, you dont have to tell everyone as soon as youre diagnosed. You might want to wait a few weeks or months until youve had time to think about what epilepsy means to you and learn more about it.

What does a mini seizure feel like?

The sensation of having a seizure depends on the type of seizure. For example, if you have a mild seizure, you may stay conscious. You might also feel strange and experience tingling, anxiety, or déjà vu. If you lose consciousness during a seizure, you wont feel anything as it happens.

What is a good job for someone with epilepsy?

Safety-Sensitive Jobs & the Americans with Disabilities Act. People with epilepsy are successfully employed in a variety of jobs that might be considered high-risk: police officer, firefighter, welder, butcher, construction worker, etc.

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