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Are you able to work as a security guard or police officer while being epileptic?

posted October 3, 2015
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I have had epilepsy most of my adult life and was on Dilantin 200 mg every day for years. At the age of 45 I decided to become a correctional officer at a prison. They do quite a back ground check and medical check on you and I was accepted and went to correctional officer training for seven weeks and was a correctional officer or 16 the half years. I did everything anyone else did. I had my own work crews with at times 20 inmates and I worked the yard alone at times with 200 inmates. If you're seizures are pretty much controlled they should not treat you any differently than anyone else. Inform everyone about your condition and if your doctor is prescribing medications that is working let them know. If the medication is not working but your doctor know so he can try you on a different medication. But as I said I worked 16 a half years as a correctional officer at a prison. I hope that answers your question

posted October 5, 2015
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The law said if you are controlled your seizures by medications for 2 years there should be no reason not be a security guard but a police you might look into there a lot of stress there . I have epilepsy since I was 18 months old and now I am 52 year -old now I am on disability for 17 year now it not fun at all with this disease at first they call it a disorder now I have a disease. Come On! I feel bad enough to feel the ashame to have this rotten disease.

posted October 13, 2015
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even with working in a prison and having inmates all around me most people would think that was a very stressful job. We could not carry weapons when you are out around 200 or more inmates at a time. All we had was our hand radio, pepper spray and handcuffs. And I don't know how many times I would be on the yard and have to go down and break up a fight while waiting for some of my fellow officers to arrive.
I guess it is different for everyone, I've been very fortunate that very few things will cause me to have a seizure. But I have heard of some very weird things that have caused people to have a seizure. I have always figured that letting my coworkers and employers know about my epilepsy the safer I was.
Most people any more are not as ignorant about epilepsy as what there used to be years ago and almost everyone either has a family member with epilepsy or knows a friend that has epilepsy.
As I have said epilepsy is not a disease it is a condition and has for myself I am not embarrassed to tell people, and I certainly am not ashamed that I have it. I would rather not have it but for me it is the least of my problems.

posted October 10, 2015
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I think it would depend on the state and the fact that a service weapon doe s fall under the no operation of machinery. since it is a lethal weapon. You can do unarmed officer. It can be a stressful job and if your seizures are triggered by stress you might want to look into something else,

posted October 6, 2015
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Only if seizures are controlled... Don't forget depending on your anxiety or stress level, these can also have an effect on the above positions.

posted October 9, 2015

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