Hi all, I just downloaded this app because I’ve been desperately struggling to adjust my lifestyle after my recent diagnosis of epilepsy at age 21.
First of all: how many of you got diagnosed with epilepsy as an early adult without any head trauma.....? People look at me as though I’m an enigma for just randomly having a grand mal in public at age 21. I fucking hate it.
I have a long, long history of serious chronic anxiety. I was diagnosed with panic disorder at age 16. I naively never thought my mental health and medical disorder would interact in a cause/effect nature.
I’m a junior in college at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in chemistry. I have a lot on my plate, but as many of you know, your early 20s serves as somewhat of a “developmental” stage (or at least I hope it should).
The main reason I’m here is because I find myself feeling so incredibly alone and lost with my medical/mental health conditions. I have frequent panic attacks, which in turn can cause seizures.... and (as you know) having seizures out of the blue can be quite frightening, which in turn will result in yet another panic attack..... it’s a Never. Ending. Cycle.
I reached my absolute lowest point a couple days ago when I was rushed to the ER because I couldn’t stop this painfully uncontrollable cycle, although I tried my best to contain my anxiety for about 12 hours before agreeing to go to the ER.
I’ve always been relatively depressed, but since I’ve been diagnosed with epilepsy, I feel like I have no one I can relate to. I can’t find a single person that can empathize with my mental health and medical health dualistically extremely affecting one another. I feel so lost. I would join just a regular “anxiety and depression page”, but I don’t believe that just anyone can understand how a chronic illness is a keystone in your everyday life which of course will affect symptoms such as anxiety and depression.
I’m sorry - I don’t mean to post a sob story and I don’t want any sympathy. But if there’s anyone out there that could possibly relate, and maybe even provide some tips on how to adjust to this condition with such a stressful situation would make me feel so much less alone.
Honestly just anything that anyone could provide advice for epilepsy + anxiety and/or late onset epilepsy + coping mechanisms (which probably include stress management)