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Having epilepsy can have a huge impact on a person's wellbeing including their mood, sleep and relationships. 

In this section we look at ways you can improve your wellbeing such as exercise, diet and having a support network. Looking after your wellbeing can help you to reduce seizures and function better in your daily life.

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Memory can be one of the key issues that affects people with epilepsy. This can be for many reasons, including the type of seizures or the effects of medication. 

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Mood problems

Some people with epilepsy may find that problems with their mood can affect their epilepsy and how it is managed.

Safety and risk

Safety and risk

In the UK there are around 1,200 deaths related to epilepsy a year. Some of these deaths are caused by complications during or after a seizure.


What is SUDEP?

Sometimes a person with epilepsy dies during or following a seizure for no obvious reason. This Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) is uncommon and in some cases may be preventable.

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Looking after yourself

Here's some ways that you can look after yourself and your epilepsy. We have information around complementary therapies, diet, exercise and support networks.

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Some people have specific triggers for their seizures, for example a lack of sleep. In some types of epilepsy seizures can happen as someone is waking up and within the next few hours.

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Relationships and sex

Many people with epilepsy have fulfilling relationships with a partner. However, epilepsy may affect relationships for some people, and problems with sex are common for both men and women with epilepsy. 

Living with a long-term condition

Living with a long-term condition

Epilepsy is a very individual condition: some people will have it all their life, but for others they might have it just for a period of their life.