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How to Talk to Your Doctor About Epilepsy

Your doctor is one of the most important members of your epilepsy care team. But physicians are very busy people, and building a relationship during short appointments can be tough. Patients can sometimes feel unheard and rushed. Coming prepared and advocating for yourself during your visit will help you get the attention you deserve.



“Out There” Partial-Onset Seizures

Partial-onset seizures can manifest in many different ways. If one occurs in the part of the brain that regulates digestion, for example, the person experiencing it might feel nausea or a tightening stomach, whereas one that occurs in the temporal lobe can trigger emotions such as anger, fear, joy or nostalgia. A partial-onset seizure that occurs near the hypothalamus can cause uncontrollable laughter or emotionless weeping.



Epilepsy and the Family

About the author:  Gilbert Woo, MS, MFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health director for the UCSF Epilepsy Center in San Francisco. He has been working with the epilepsy community since 2004.




Epilepsy Hackathon

The first-ever Hack Epilepsy weekend, sponsored by UCB, brought more than 100 participants to sites on both sides of the Atlantic to brainstorm ways to improve digital tools for people living with epilepsy.


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