This week on Seizing Life® we discuss managing epilepsy with the added stress of the holiday season. As the holidays roll around, family and personal commitments can feel like obligations, and can bring with them additional stress. Dr. Eva Alden, a Neuropsychologist at the Mayo Clinic joins us to explain the connection between stress and seizures, and offers advice, insights, and recommendations for those with epilepsy and their caregivers to help cope with stress and seizure triggers during the holidays.
Dr. Alden identifies seizure triggers that may become more common during the holidays and offers suggestions and techniques to help both avoid and reduce holiday stressors. She also offers insights for identifying and dealing with anxiety and depression, two mental health concerns for those with epilepsy throughout the year that can often become more pervasive during the holiday season. Dr. Alden also delves into the potential hassles and hazards of traveling during the holidays with a focus on what to do to prepare for difficult situations while away from home and one’s regular healthcare providers. If you or a loved one lives with epilepsy, this episode is an excellent primer on managing epilepsy and stress during this joyous, but often challenging time of year.
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