Navigating Epilepsy: The Road Ahead

Recipe for Thanksgiving!

Recipe for Thanksgiving!

As I was reflecting upon the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and ways in which we can be thankful I immediately thought of gratitude and the importance of gratitude in our daily lives. Research has shown that the gratitude can help increase optimism, happiness and general satisfaction in life. It can also help combat symptoms of depression and anxiety. Although it is not something that comes...

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Purple Pumpkin Project®

Purple Pumpkin Project®

Throughout the year we highlight samples of great advocacy in the world of epilepsy. The Purple Pumpkin Project® is yet another example. Read below for the history of how one father’s idea spurred a great movement! The Origin of the Purple Pumpkin Project® While on a drive through Connecticut one Sunday morning with his family, founder Ron Lamontagne was brainstorming ideas on how to spread...

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Caring for others also means caring for yourself!

Caring for others also means caring for yourself!

Through my work at NEREG I have come across so many dedicated and wonderful caretakers selflessly caring for loved ones living with epilepsy. I have also met many grateful patients who only wish their caretakers knew how much they were appreciated. These same patients are also very aware that their caretakers need to make themselves a priority so this month let’s focus on how we can help take...

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mindful walking….

mindful walking….

In the past I have written about the impact that mindfulness can have on one’s mood, specifically when dealing with a chronic illness. This month I decided to provide a concrete example of how almost anyone can practice mindfulness on a daily basis. As the heat of August continues to grow it may not be realistic to think that many will get out and exercise or enjoy the beauty outdoors, but...

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Seizure Dogs

Seizure Dogs

There has been a lot of research to show that pets and animals can cause a positive impact on the lives of their owners. There are also a number of health care facilities that allow therapy animals on grounds to work with their clients. Recently I was speaking with a family of a child with epilepsy who had a seizure dog. This family found that the dog was not only a great addition to their family...

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Happiness!

Happiness!

Over the last few months I have seen many people taking on many different “challenges” that require them to reflect upon things that have made them happy or things that they are grateful for daily. The most popular one I have seen in #100daychallenge posted on many friends’ facebook pages. I am so happy to see this movement take off! In the world of psychotherapy we have a long history of...

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