my 19yr old daughter was recently diagnosed with epilepsy?

how can I help her to accept this and to realise that she has a normal life in front of her? She's studying at university level but believes people think that epilepsy is a mental illness. How do I get through to her?

Written By Soniamiller

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  • lovebugbasso March 30, 2009, 1:56 pm

    Being diagnosed with epilepsy is by no means a mental illness! It is sometimes a difficult thing to live with, but once it is recognized it is pretty easy to manage. I would just explain to her that it is something people live with everyday and for the most part, unless someone has witnessed your daughter have an episode, they will never even know.
    She should'nt let something like this define her. She needs to know that YES, she does have epilepsy, but epilepsy does not have her! She's young, so it makes it harder for her to understand and to cope with, but millions of people have epilespy without their peers or schoolmates even noticing.
    I have never heard of any one classifying or mentioning epilepsy as a mental illness. She just needs to relax. This is part of her now and she can either accept it and keep control over it, or become controlled by the disorder.
    Sounds like she has a good support system and the important thing is to make sure it is not made into too big of a deal by anyone. Good luck!