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living with epilepsy

Having seizures, or being told “you have epilepsy”, can affect people in different ways. Some people feel relieved to be given a name and treatment for their condition. Sometimes epilepsy can be hard to come to terms with. Talking about any worries, asking questions and sharing information about epilepsy may help you, or your family and friends, to make sense of what is happening.

Driving and epilepsy

A guide to how the driving standards affect people with epilepsy.

Work, employment and epilepsy

How epilepsy may affect your work including health and safety and equality law.


Memory can be one of the key issues that affects people with epilepsy.


If you have seizures, think about how to manage your safety inside and outside your home to reduce the risk of injury.

Sleep and epilepsy

Sleep disorders, such as insomnia (difficulty falling asleep) and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can affect epilepsy, while epilepsy can also affect sleep disorders. Find out more about the complex links between epilepsy and sleep. 

Looking after yourself

Information for people with epilepsy on complementary therapies, diet, exercise and support networks.

Relationships and sex

Some people may find that their epilepsy can affect physical and emotional issues around relationships or sex. 

Pregnancy and parenting

The Epilepsy charter explains the rights and services that a person with epilepsy can expect.

Leisure and epilepsy

How to get the most out of your free time.

Travel and epilepsy

Specific issues to consider before you travel if you have epilepsy.

University and epilepsy

Thinking of going to university? This section helps you think about the practical aspects of being a student with epilepsy.

Living with a long-term condition

If you have just been diagnosed with epilepsy, find out about your rights related to having a long-term condition.

Women and epilepsy

Some issues around epilepsy and its treatment are specific to women and do not apply in the same way to men.

Young people and epilepsy

Information for young people about epilepsy including how it may affect your life and education.The role of a carer can be both rewarding and exhausting.