Epilepsy and Puberty

6th September 2021

Puberty is the time when the body starts to make a change from being a child to an adult. During this period of time both girls and boys will start to notice changes in their bodies. For boys, body and facial hair growth, a deeper voice and growth in the genitals is typical. For girls,…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy

Menopause, HRT and Epilepsy

31st August 2021

Many women with epilepsy who undertake hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have reported that seizures have increased. There is a close link between seizures and hormones. Changing hormone levels, which happens during times such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause, can cause changes in seizure activity.  Hormonal influences  Hormone levels can change throughout a woman’s life, particularly…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy

Epilepsy and Behaviour Problems – Causes and Providing Support

24th August 2021

Approximately 30% - 50% of children with epilepsy will also experience behavioural issues or mental health problems. As a general rule of thumb, behavioural problems are more severe in children who begin to experience seizures from a young age.  What causes behavioural problems?  When it comes to epilepsy, there are several aspects that can contribute…

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Category: Advice, Living with Epilepsy

HIV, AIDS and Epilepsy – Can it Cause Seizures?

17th August 2021

Epilepsy can develop for many reasons, some people are born with it, whereas others will develop it later on in life. One such reason a person might develop epilepsy is through viral infection, such as meningitis, encephalitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).  Up to 70% of HIV patients will develop some form of neurological complication.…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy

Can You Scuba Dive With Epilepsy?

10th August 2021

For many people, being diagnosed with epilepsy will mean having to make compromises or adjustments to the way they live their lives in order to ensure safety. One such question that often arises is whether a person who has been diagnosed with epilepsy will be able to continue with the sports, hobbies and interests that…

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Category: Leisure

Genetic Epilepsy with Febrile Seizures Plus (GEFS+)

19th July 2021

Genetic Epilepsy with Febrile Seizures Plus (GEFS+) is one of the more unusual epilepsy syndromes as it describes families who have a generational history of different types of seizures in several members. What this means is that there is an extensive family history of epilepsy and seizures, but not necessarily all of the same type.…

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Category: Syndromes