Driving and Epilepsy

Posted on May 18, 2018

For people with epilepsy, driving is a complex issue. Losing your license, trying to get it reinstated, and deciding whether it's safe to drive can be frustrating and stressful. Some of us with epilepsy are unable to drive at all. It can help to talk about it with other people going through the same thing.

On MyEpilepsyTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with epilepsy, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Driving is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about driving:

Do you guys drive?

Does anyone have their license back after a year clear of tonic-clonic seizures?

Do all types of seizures affect your ability to drive? Does anyone else still have their driver's license?

Here are some conversations about driving:

Birthdays are supposed to be cheerful, right? I feel epilepsy has held back my independence and my freedom to drive.

A month ago I was in a near death auto accident because of a seizure.

No seizures at all today. My hope is for one day I'll be able to drive my first car. If it means not endangering myself and others I'll be okay with never driving.

I get really bad anxiety when someone mentions me driving. Have any of you had this problem? Is there anything that can be done about it?

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to MyEpielpsyTeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

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A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

my seizures started when i was 8 i have just hit having them for 50 years i dont even know how to drive

posted 9 days ago

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