Because there is no obvious sign a person has epilepsy, unless they are having a seizure, it can make diagnosing epilepsy difficult. A diagnosis is usually made after a person has had more than one epileptic seizure.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces guidelines for treating specific health conditions, in England and Wales. If there is a possibility that you have epilepsy, NICE recommends that you are referred to a specialist, (a doctor who is trained in diagnosing and treating epilepsy) within two weeks.
Epilepsy diagnosis and its impact on mood
You may feel numb, angry, confused or frightened. Or you may be relieved what’s been happening to you has a name and a treatment. Everyone has their own way of reacting to being diagnosed with epilepsy.