Chronic health conditions are long-lasting so they are different to an acute illness like a cold or flu. Epilepsy is considered a chronic health condition just like asthma, arthritis and diabetes.
The symptoms of a chronic health condition might go away with treatment but you usually still have the existing condition – even though when properly treated you may feel completely healthy and well most of the time.
If you’re living with a chronic health condition, you don’t just have the physical effects, but can also be affected emotionally, socially, and sometimes even financially. The way you might be affected depends on your epilepsy, how it affects the body, how severe it is, how others react to it and the kinds of treatments that you are having.
Epilepsy can be a complex condition because it is “invisible” and people really don’t have much awareness of it.
It takes time to adjust and accept the realities of having a chronic health condition. Try to learn as much as you can about it, ask for support when you need it, and actively involve yourself in your treatment and managing the condition.