Let’s talk about epilepsy
Talking About Epilepsy
You could show them this easy-to read brochure that explains what are the basic things one should do if someone around them has a seizure.
Most people with epilepsy can do most sports. Depending on your seizures, you may need to:5
- Avoid swimming or doing water sports on your own
- Wear a helmet while cycling or horse riding Avoid using certain types of gym equipment – ask staff at the gym for advice
- When taking part in sports, it can be a good idea to let someone like the team coach know that you have epilepsy in case you have a seizure.
- For swimming and water sports, make sure you tell the lifeguard.6
Speak to your doctor for further information.
Schools And College
Students with epilepsy are protected under the Equality Act 2010. This law aims to make sure you are treated fairly by everyone involved in your education, including trips and exams. To find out more about the Equality Act 2010, you can ring the Disability Rights UK student hotline on 0800 328 5050.7
For some people, having epilepsy won’t affect how well they get on at school or college. For others, their medication can make them feel sleepy or tired (making it more difficult to concentrate), or they might feel confused or tired after a seizure and need time to fully recover. Schools and colleges are required to give you support if you need it, for example your teacher or lecturer could go back over key information that you missed whilst recovering from a seizure.7
Whether it’s a part-time or full-time job, people with epilepsy are protected by the Equality Act 2010. This means that employers have to treat you fairly (not discriminate) and support you at work.8
Driving As A Young Person
Emma likes playing sports at school. She also enjoys being with her friends. But most of all, Emma LOVES to just be a young girl!
- World Health Organization. Epilepsy. Available from: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/epilepsy (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- Epilepsy Foundation. Talking with Friends and Family. Available from: https://www.epilepsy.com/living-epilepsy/youth/talking-about-epilepsy/talking-friends-and-family (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- NHS. What to do if someone has a seizure (fit). Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/what-to-do-if-someone-has-a-seizure-fit/ (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- Epilepsy Foundation. Talking with School and Medical Staff. Available from: https://www.epilepsy.com/living-epilepsy/youth/talking-about-epilepsy/talking-school-and-medical-staff (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- NHS. Living with Epilepsy. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/epilepsy/living-with/ (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- Epilepsy Society. Sports And Spare Time. Available from: https://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/sports-and-spare-time#.XZXuKZNKhTZ (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- Epilepsy Society. School, College or University. Available from: https://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/school-college-or-university#.XZXuXpNKhTZ (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- National Archives. Equality Act 2010. Available from: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- Epilepsy Society. Telling Your Employer About Your Epilepsy. Available from: https://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/telling-your-employer-about-your-epilepsy#.XIaH65P7RTY (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- Government Digital Service. Epilepsy and driving. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/epilepsy-and-driving (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- Government Digital Service. Medical conditions, disabilities and driving. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/driving-medical-conditions (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- Buccolam PIL. Available from: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.2768.pdf (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
- NHS. Epilepsy and pregnancy. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/epilepsy-pregnant/ (accessed 14 Sept 2020)
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This information is provided as a resource for patients who have been prescribed Buccolam by their doctor or other healthcare professional.
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