Most people find that learning to manage a chronic health condition, such as epilepsy, involves a lot more than just taking medication. In fact, most people find that how they think or perceive their health, 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 health and our psychosocial wellbeing is essential.
Some benefits of active self-management include:
- Greater confidence and sense of control
- Less stress, anxiety and better mood
- Increased support and understanding from family and friends
- A reduction in seizures
- 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 involved healthcare professionals
- Developing good support networks
- Managing symptoms of anxiety and low mood, and seeking help if severe or prolonged.