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Keeping a seizure diary
Epilepsy Society has a seizure diary you can download and print (see Downloadable information on the right hand side of this page).
What is a seizure diary for?
Keeping a seizure diary can be useful in helping you to record when your seizures happen, and to see whether there are any specific triggers for the seizures. Sometimes, known triggers can be avoided to help reduce the number of seizures.
It can be helpful to take your completed diary with you to medical appointments to show your doctor or nurse. Information recorded in the diary can help your doctors see how effective your current treatment is, and to plan future treatment with you.
How do I use the diary?
You can print out our seizure diary and use it to record seizures one month at a time. There is also a summary chart you can fill in, for seeing at a glance the number of seizures over the month.
You can record times and dates of seizures and how they affected you, along with other information such as details of your medical team, the types of seizures you have, and any medication changes. You can also note any other information you feel is relevant, such as an illness you had at the time of a seizure, or your period if you are female.
There are detailed guidelines in the seizure diary on how to fill in each section. You can print further copies as you need them, to build up a record of seizures over a number of months.
You can order a copy of our printed seizure diary from our online shop as part of our 'first five free' offer.
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Information produced in July 2011
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