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Does Epilepsy And Mental Disorders Such As Bipolar, Scizophania, Depression, Anxiety, Etc. Have A Connection?
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member asked a question 💭

I have 3 different types of seizures, schizoaffective disorder depressive type, depression, social anxiety, and more. I was wondering if there was anyone else out there in a similar situation as me or am I just a unique falling apart person.

posted August 16, 2019
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A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

I have had Epilepsy my whole life and I also have ptsd depression anxiety and bi polar my new psychiatrist says we are going to explore if I have autism to because 3 other family members have had seizures and mental disabilities or difficulties but I don’t let myself be defined by any of them. I am myself not the disorder. I get anxious and stressed but focus on my victories I’ve had due to My praying and living life with love honesty and compassion and other good ethics. I try to focus on the positive not the negative knowing even though I have some things to work with I can use them to help others and myself. It’s important that we love each other in the way we want to be loved. I pray that everyone has a blessed night.

posted January 26, 2020
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Hi Emilie. I got chronic epilepsy, depression & anxiety due to my epilepsy condition. It sounds very familiar and I suffer from the same condition. Some people also said I'm bipolar so who knows. Epilepsy is very tough condition to fight as an epilepsy warrior on a daily basis and not many people understand what's it all about. Regards Lizelle van der Merwe

posted December 25, 2019
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Over a year of finding a control to my seizures, the obvious ones the world ‘labels’ seizures, when getting a week of eeg testing and a week of SEEG testing done my doctors realized that my anxiety attacks were actually seizures themselves. I had years of unsuccessful treatments to control my anxiety and now I see why. They’re not always two separate conditions, but sometimes one in the same.

posted December 27, 2019
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Hi @A MyEpilepsyTeam Member. Thanks for the hug and hello.

So my experience with depression went up and down with different epilepsy medications I tried. You probably know they can be very mood altering.

With me it wasn't just depression but also dealing with stress - I could just fly off the handle over the littlest things.

Ultimately, I went to my Dr who asked if I wanted to try a drug called Valdoxan. I did and haven't really looked back. it's been good.

I resisted going on another damn drug on top of my E ones, but as I said it just became too much after a while.

Also I do yoga on and off and I think that's helped, but mostly it's the drug. It's not addictive which is good and is fairly easy to come off unlike other anti-depressants. I don't want to take it forever, but it has taken those awful feelings away.

Please come back on here or on my page if you want to chat further, I want to help.

Dave... I mean D-Dizzle :)

posted December 18, 2019
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

We are not weird
I like looking at it as..
We are all unique..
Glad to help IBM anytime or add me to FB

posted August 18, 2019

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