Many people with Epilepsy experience anxiety as a result of the diagnosis of epilepsy and the ensuing adjustment. Anxiety may also occur as part of the pre-ictal, ictal and post-ictal aspect of a seizure. Some people with epilepsy have attacks that are associated with or precipitated by anxiety.

Potential sources of anxiety in people with epilepsy:

• fear of having a seizure and the belief that seizures may lead to death.
• Stigmatizing condition of epilepsy
• Determination to conceal the condition – epilepsy.

It has been suggested that a reciprocal relationship exists between anxiety and epilepsy in that the more anxious the person with epilepsy is the more likely they are to have a seizure and the more seizures they have the more anxious they become.

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