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mood and epilepsy

Epilepsy affects everyone differently. Some people with epilepsy may find that problems with their mood can affect their epilepsy and how it is managed. How you feel may be different  and your view of epilepsy may also change over time.

Feelings about being diagnosed and living with epilepsy will vary from one person to another. Mood problems such as anxiety and depression are common in people with epilepsy. In some cases, there may be links between a person’s epilepsy and mood problems. Possible links include how epilepsy affects their life, how their brain is affected, and their genetic or family history. There are self-help strategies for mood problems and you can also ask for help.

Common reactions to a diagnosis and sources of support if you need them.

How to deal with feelings of anxiety if you have epilepsy.

How to deal with feelings of depression if you have epilepsy

Having epilepsy does not mean you have to expect and cope with depression. You have as much right to help and support as anyone else.

Ways in which epilepsy can affect and be affected by your mood.

Suggestions about where to turn for help if you are suffering from anxiety or depression.

Talk about mood at your appointment

You may like to use our short form (pdf 826 KB) to talk to your doctor or nurse about how you feel.