Changing from a children’s doctor to an adult doctor is known as transition. Depending on how things work in the area where you live, you’ll move to an adult clinic sometime between the ages of 16 - 18.
Some people have an adolescent transition clinic in their area to help them prepare for this move. But during this period everyone is expected to take more responsibility for their medical treatment. This could be:
- Making your own clinic appointments.
- Suggesting that you would like some time with the doctor on your own.
- Ordering repeat prescriptions, and following a treatment plan.
- Keeping your seizure diary up to date, and recording any side effects that might be a result of your medication.
- Between clinic visits, noting all the questions you’d like to ask your doctor or epilepsy specialist nurse.
None of this is difficult, but it will all help to reassure you and those around you, that you can manage your epilepsy as well as any other adult.