Patient Education

People have a lot of questions about seizures and epilepsy. Here is some information that can help you understand important details. The more you know, the more you can live your best life!

What are seizures and epilepsy?

How can I help somebody who is having a seizure?

Are seizures dangerous?

It is important to live your life fully, but sometimes specific precautions make sense if you are having uncontrolled seizures. (Heights, flames, machinery, etc)

Do people die from seizures?

Death caused by seizures is very rare, but can happen. It is called “Sudden Unexpected Death in a person with Epilepsy (SUDEP)”. 1 in 1,000 people with epilepsy may die of SUDEP each year. The biggest risk is having frequent, convulsive seizures, which is another reason it is so important to control seizures as well as possible.

Mental Health

Having seizures increases your risk of experiencing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts and behavior. We understand the impact seizures have on your mental health and can help connect you with counselors or behavioral health specialists.

Driving 

There is no set period you must be seizure-free to drive in Connecticut, but when the DMV becomes aware there has been an episode of altered consciousness or loss of bodily control, you are asked to file specific medical forms. Any event within the previous six months requires a Medical Advisory Board opinion, which is made on an individual basis and may require future medical reports. Talk to your healthcare provider about any seizures for advice on driving.

Having children when you have epilepsy

Bone health and epilepsy

Medical Marijuana

Hartford HealthCare Epilepsy Center

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    Hartford, CT 06102
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