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Epilepsy in children

There are many possible problems for children and young people with epilepsy. These will vary according to the type and frequency of seizures, age, stage of development and level of confidence.

Emotional problems may increase during the teenage years if epilepsy is not well controlled. Common emotional problems include anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. These can be caused by:

  • Fear of the seizures and of their body being ‘out of control’ during a seizure.
  • Being dependent on adults for care when their friends are becoming increasingly independent.
  • Fear of being hospitalised.
  • Coping with medication and possible side-effects.
  • Coping with a change in medication and even, for the seizure free, coming off medication.
  • A lack of understanding from friends and even teasing or bullying.

Children show emotional distress in different ways from adults. Mood swings, irritability and frequent temper outbursts can be signs of anxiety or stress, especially in young or developmentally delayed children.

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There are at least 40 different seizure types and people may have one or several different seizure types.

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