Dating Someone With Epilepsy

Helen says it’s hard to know when to tell people about her epilepsy. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is a severe type of epilepsy that causes seizures that typically be… Jolene Vanuto has learned a lot about helping people as a nurse.

Dating and relationships with epilepsy

I recently went away on holiday to Stockholm with my girlfriend and some friends, and it was a great holiday. I guess telling you about my epilepsy first is an excellent place to start. I was born with epilepsy, I always get people asking “What’s it like? Of course, there are many aspects of having epilepsy that isn’t so normal, things like forgetfulness, staring into space for no apparent reason, oh yeah – and the seizures. If you’re ready to speak on the phone, consider using Skype or create a separate email address just for dating that doesn’t show your full name.

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How does your epilepsy affect dating and romantic relationships? Share your experience in the comments below, or start a conversation by posting on your Activities page. If you’re at risk of having a seizure while spending time with someone new, you may want to share seizure first aid with them.

Talk to your general practitioner or a trusted clinician if you have any concerns about sexual problems caused by epilepsy or medications. Some problems are potentially treatable, and your doctor can help you get answers and connect you with additional resources. You may even encourage your date to ask you questions. Talking through their questions and concerns will help you to learn more about each other’s communication styles. Whether it be about epilepsy or other topics, having tough conversations is a major component of a new relationship, as well as deciding if you want to spend more time getting to know that person. Many people have either heard of or know someone who has epilepsy.

Be seizure aware-if they have regular seizures know what happens to them in a seizure and how long they usually last. Dating may be a normal part of life – but anyone will tell you that it’s far from easy. Going on a first date can be nerve-wracking under the best of circumstances; epilepsy just adds another twist. Exactly when you choose to share this information depends on you and how comfortable you feel around them. It might be worthwhile sitting down and telling them that you have something important to discuss about your health. We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline.

Areas of the brain which control sexual function can be disrupted by epilepsy. For example, for some men with temporal lobe epilepsy, it may be more difficult to get and keep an erection. Studies suggest that over half of men with epilepsy, and a third of women with epilepsy, say they have problems with sex. The most commonly reported problems for men are a reduced interest in sex, and getting and keeping an erection.

Your doctor will ask you what you can remember and any symptoms you may have before the seizures happen, like feeling strange or any other warning signs. These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. While their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. My bf has epilepsy and I thought I understood or knew him well until our most recent argument.

Provided there are general safety precautions in place, rides do not have to be avoided. Know what their warning signs are-do they experience an aura, such as having a strange taste in their mouth or funny feeling in their stomach? Try to be sensitive to your new partner’s needs.

Enjoy yourself, and remember you know your epilepsy better than anyone else. You can always come back to the holiday destination again, but your health should always come first. Epilepsy is a long-term brain condition where a person has repeated seizures . It is thought to affect about 3 in every 100 Australians.

It’s also important to be candid about epilepsy. Explain that epilepsy is a neurological disease. Education is key to feeling comfortable and building trust.

To read more about staying healthy and avoiding complications, visit the Epilepsy Action Australia website. Having epilepsy puts you at higher risk of injury. During a seizure you might fall, knock yourself, or breathe in food or saliva. You should avoid jobs using heavy machinery, working at heights or under water.

If they do open up about it, be supportive and reassuring and don’t be afraid to ask them questions to better understand how you can help them. Today is Epilepsy Awareness Day, so if you’re dating someone with epilepsy- then you should know how to be an effective partner. I think that like in general I have seizures the more panicky and under pressure I feel, the more seizures I have. So if I’m panicking then the likelihood goes up. I tend not to be panicking during sex so it’s fine and that’s the kind of general indicator. If I have to do something that’s like ‘whooo’ and hard, then that’s when I begin to worry but unless, if I’m not doing that then I don’t worry at all.

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