Having epilepsy does not necessarily mean that the person with the disorder only has seizures. There is a wide variety of other issues that occur with a chronic disease such as epilepsy. A few other common conditions that occur with epilepsy may be:
- “Not doing well” at home, school, work, or with friends.
- Cognitive or learning problems that require special help or accommodations
- Symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other changes in mood or behavior
- Problems sleeping
- Unexplained injuries, falls or other illnesses
- Thinning of the bones or osteoporosis
- Reproductive problems
- Risk of death
There are several things to do if a person experiences any of these conditions, such as journaling the specific events, talking with their doctor, or simply educating themselves. Educating people that are around the person with epilepsy is important because the people around them may think that they are just being lazy or not trying. And of course sometimes it is hard for this person to actually realize what they are going through may be associated with their epilepsy, so educating everyone about this is important, especially if you are close or know someone with this disease.