15 year old male here HELP PLEASE

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   Posted 10/9/2006 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
hi. im a 15 year old male living in cali. i was diagnosed with epilepsy in december 2004 when i had a seizure and was taken to the hospital. everythings ok now i guess. i am taking keppra and have been for almost two years now.
now i feel depressed or angry or numb and no one seems to help or understand. it feels like this disease is taking over my life and i cant control it. does anyone else feel like this? could it be that the disease is affecting me in some kind of way or could it be the medicine? am i going to be like this for the rest of my life? what should i do? i am very confused and dont know what to do. my grades have even started to drop. i need help.

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   Posted 10/10/2006 1:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there AnonymousMe,

I too was diagnosed with epilepsy around the same age as you are now. I can completely relate to feelings of depression and anger that you talk about. I found it very difficult to come to terms with my epilepsy to start with. But I can assure you that it does get better. Epilepsy is not always for life. As im sure most people in this forum would agree, epilepsy can go into remission and never come back. Sometimes it can go into remission for 20 years and then come back out of the blue.   

Perhaps you should talk to a neurologist regarding the effects of the drugs as I am no expert and I wouldnt want to give out false advice.

You really should try not to let your epilepsy interfere with your school work. The best thing to do now, it to knuckle down and et your grades back up. Your doctor will be able to advise you regarding your meds, perhaps keppra isnt right for you and you need to change to another one.

Keep your chin up and remember we are all here for each other here. If you wish to email me privately, then feel free... there is a link below my screen-name

Best Wishes




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   Posted 10/10/2006 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks djdaz, thats the whole reason i joined this forum. i came here thinking that maybe people with epilepsy would understand what im going through since no one else knows what it feels like having this disease.

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   Posted 10/25/2006 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HealingWell! You have come to the right place. There are tons of people here that have gone through the exact same thing you are now. We are here for you. Epilepsy and depression are like brothers. we worry about when our next seizure will be, what will our friends think of us, will we have a seizure in public, will we get hurt...things like that and we get even more depressed. The best thing you can do is what you are doing right now. Talking it out. Finding people who will listen and talk. That is what we are here for. To lend a supporting hand and an ear for you to vent to. You should talk to your neuro and tell him how you are feeling. They expect us to go through bouts of depression. They can help. Let us know how you are doing.
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   Posted 11/6/2006 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! My name is Danielle, I am 21 and have been having seizures since I was 13.  When I was about your age I started having a little trouble with my seizures, but the first thing I want to tell you is that Epilepsy is not a disease.  I took keppra for a short period and I had the same side effects you are describing.  My advice would be to ask your neurologist if you can try a different drug.  I am taking Lamictal and I have no apparent side effects, I am happy and healthy.  Don't be scared of your seizures, the last thing you want to do is let them control your life.  I also got depressed and numb to life after I was diagnosed, but it doesn't have to be that way, try alternative medications and see if they help.  I hope things get better for you, if you have any questions for me I would be happy to answer them.  :-)   email... moil28@hotmail.com
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