Posted by Aston Avery

National Epilepsy Week

There are over half a million people in the UK with epilepsy, but millions more are affected by the condition.   They are the family members, friends, healthcare professionals and colleagues that play a part in supporting people with epilepsy.

That’s the conclusion being made by the Epilepsy Society, who says nearly half of the three thousand calls they get to their helpline each year come not from people with epilepsy, but from those who support them.

Epileptic seizures can be controlled with medication, but when this isn’t possible people with epilepsy often live on a knife edge, not knowing when the next seizure will strike.  This can lead to anxiety, depression, and isolation. And it can impact the lives of those who support them.

Aston spoke to Andree Mayne, helpline manager at Epilepsy Society.

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