Psychologists can offer much-needed support to people with epilepsy by:

  • Helping them understand and cope with epilepsy as a neurological disorder and as a condition often associated with real or perceived stigma
  • Treating people with nonepilepsy seizures with behavioral strategies. 
  • Guiding patients and their families in learning to live more positively with epilepsy
  • Helping to treat patients' mood disorders and problems with self-esteem and independence
  • Giving patients an outlet in which to discuss the stresses and influences of epilepsy, its treatment, and its consequences
Authored by: Steven C. Schachter, MD on 12/2006
Reviewed by: Patricia O. Shafer, RN, MN on 11/2013