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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 a car

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

Woman working in a garden centre

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

Tyre in the park

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

Safety aid

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

Woman sleeping in a bed

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.

Relationship map

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

Mother holding her child and looking out to water

Each year in the UK around 2,500 women with epilepsy have a baby.

Woman jogging

How to get the most out of your free time.

Aeroplane flying in the sky

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

University buildings

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

Long pathway through a meadow

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