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Many members of MyEpilepsyTeam experience depression. “I was a very happy, easy-going young teen [before my diagnosis]. Now, I’m 45 and struggle with my depression everyday,” shared one member. Seizures, medications, and the stress of a chronic condition have led to mood disorders for some members. “People don’t understand what a toll epilepsy can have on your self esteem and self confidence. I get tired of being judged by people who know nothing about epilepsy, or being called a drug addict or alcoholic,” wrote one member. A good therapist, meditation practice, or support network, such as My EpilepsyTeam, has helped many members avoid feelings of depresison. “Welcome to our family!” a member wrote to a newcomer. “It’s a safe place to vent, ask questions, or just talk.”
On MyEpilepsyTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with epilepsy, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Depression is one of the most discussed subjects.
Here are a few question-and-answer threads about depression:
Here are some conversations about depression:
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