Navigating Epilepsy: The Road Ahead

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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Becoming an Advocate

Becoming an Advocate

It seems to be the season of Epilepsy walks and Epilepsy fundraisers, so I thought I would use this month’s blog entry to discuss the importance of advocacy and share some tips. So first we should define advocacy: According to the Marriam Webster Dictionary, advocacy is defined as: the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal. Being an advocate also empowers the individual to feel that...

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Project UPLIFT

Project UPLIFT

Epilepsy + Depression = A challenge Project UPLIFT = A SOLUTION Epilepsy is hard enough to cope with on its own. When you add depression, coping can be much more difficult. Fortunately, PROJECT UPLIFT provides skills to prevent depression and manage future stress. NEREG has been pleased to offer Project Uplift to its patients for the last year. Here is some general information about the program....

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PURPLE DAY, MARCH 26th

PURPLE DAY, MARCH 26th

WHAT IS PURPLE DAY? With so many “awareness day”s in our calendars I thought it may be a good idea to take a little time and provide the history and background for PURPLE DAY on March 26th. It is great to see what one person’s efforts can create on a global scale! We hope you take part in some of the many events offered for PURPLE DAY! Purple Day is an international grassroots effort...

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Parenting with Epilepsy

Parenting with Epilepsy

There are few “jobs” harder than parenting, and parenting when living with epilepsy adds another level of challenge to an already challenging undertaking, but with the right perspective and supports there is no doubt that you too can enjoy all the hope, rewards and joy that come from being a parent. 9 Helpful Tips For Parents Living with Epilepsy 1. Create a Balance- Both parenthood and...

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Issues in women with epilepsy..

Issues in women with epilepsy..

For this month, we will be focusing on specific issues that women with epilepsy can face. There are no differences between men and women if one were to look at the risk for recurrent seizures, or the likelihood for relief from seizures with medication. However, there are differences as far as seizures are concerned between men and women, and this is because of sex hormones namely estrogen and...

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New Year’s Resolutions: Maybe?

New Year’s Resolutions: Maybe?

MAYBE? As I was searching for topics and ideas for this month’s blog posting I happened upon some thoughts on the power of MAYBE. Many of us know about the power of positive thinking but what about the power of maybe? This is what I took away from my research, I think it is a great way to start the new year! Many of us will make resolutions and set goals for the new year. We may want to start a...

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American Epilepsy Society meeting coming up!

American Epilepsy Society meeting coming up!

The American Epilepsy Society (AES) is hosting its annual meeting – the 68th Annual meeting – at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The meeting will be held from December 5-9, 2014 and is expected to be attended by more than 5000 experts in the field of epilepsy and seizure-related disorders. What makes annual AES meetings unique is that it is attended by neurologists,...

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Safety issues in people with epilepsy

Safety issues in people with epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by spontaneous recurrent seizures and is managed by drugs known as anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). These drugs work reasonably well in two-thirds of the patient population, but the rest of the population does not respond to AEDs (these people are called ‘refractory’ or resistant to AEDs). All patients with epilepsy need to make themselves aware...

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