Most people find that learning to manage a chronic health condition, such as epilepsy, involves a lot more than just taking medications. In fact, most people find that the way they think and what they do has a big impact on how they manage their epilepsy, how they feel and their overall quality of life day-to-day. Research also tells us that taking an active, rather than passive, role in managing epilepsy and our psychosocial wellbeing is essential.
Some benefits of active self-management include:
- Greater confidence and sense of control
- Less stress, anxiety and low mood.
- Increased support and understanding from family and friends.
- A reduction in seizure frequency.
- Fewer unscheduled visits to health professionals.
Active self-management involves a number of things including:
- Developing a good understanding of epilepsy.
- Maintaining a working relationship with healthcare professionals.
- Developing good support networks that can help.
- Managing symptoms of anxiety and low mood, and seeking help if severe and prolonged.