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:
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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Approximately 600,000 people in the UK have epilepsy which is equivalent to around 1 in 103 people.
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