Managing Depression When You Have Epilepsy

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Epilepsy self-management is both a process and a set of behaviors that help people manage their epilepsy and the impact on their daily lives. Self-management can cover a wide range of skills, such as managing seizures safely, modifying one's lifestyle for safety and trigger management, knowing about and managing related conditions such as depression, and much more.

One program designed to help participants learn the skills to manage difficult feelings like depression is Project UPLIFT for Epilepsy. UPLIFT stand for Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favorable Thoughts. An 8-week telephone group, Project UPLIFT is an Internet and telephone program using cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to treat depression in people with epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York is proud to offer Project UPLIFT to adults (18+) with epilepsy in the New York area.  Email Sonali Zoracki LCSW at or call her at 212-677-8550 ext. 29 to learn more and to sign up for the group.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan has a Project UPLIFT group starting soon. For information about participating in Michigan, please contact Russ Derry at 800-377-6226 ext. 1302 or

For information about participating in other locations, please contact Jody Kakacek at 800-470-1655, extension 3722 or

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