family member with epilepsy

What is happening to my family member?

Your family member has what is called epilepsy. This condition means that sometimes they seize, ranging from anything from a blank stare to their whole body twitching.

Does it hurt them?

Epilepsy itself does not hurt them. However, they can get hurt by other things around them during their seizures. If you want to keep your parent safe make sure the area is clear while they are seizing.

Is there anything else I can do?

Yes, you can follow the instructions for first aid.

Can I catch it?

No, epilepsy is not contagious.

How do I tell my friends about my parent’s epilepsy?

When you feel comfortable, discuss it with them. Be aware your friends may ask questions. However, you can reassure them that your parents are just like normal parents, except they have to be extra careful due to the seizures.

Am I going to get epilepsy?

Some types of epilepsy are inherited. However, many types of epilepsy are not. You can ask your parents if they have ever had a test to see if they have genetic epilepsy or if they would take that test. You can be careful and watch yourself for the signs.

my epilepsy

How did I get epilepsy?

Childhood epilepsy can be genetic or can be caused by a head injury. However, often we do not know what causes it.

Will it hurt me?

Epilepsy itself will not hurt you. However, during an epilepsy seizure, your surroundings may cause you to be injured. You should make sure that you and your parents know how to manage your seizures so that you are safe.

Can I have friends?

Yes, many people with epilepsy live full, social lives. When you are comfortable, you can let your friends know about your epilepsy. You can stress to them that although you have epilepsy, you are still just another child.

Can I play sports?

With monitoring from your doctor, you are free to play sports. However, you will want to take extra precautions if your seizures are not under control.

What is epilepsy?

When parts of your brain send too many signals, then a seizure may occur. A seizure may look like twitching, jerking, or it might be a blank stare.

How can I get better?

Epilepsy is a lifelong condition. However, with the right medications or alternative treatments such as changing one's diet, a person can live a full life.

How do the doctors diagnose me with epilepsy?

The doctor needs to know what happens to you before, during, and after your seizure. An adult who takes care of you might write down what occurs or take notes on a phone app. The doctor might also have an adult film you while having a seizure. Finally, the doctor may want you to have some tests done. They are harmless and help the doctor know what is going on in your brain.