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14 yo newly diagnosed with Generalized Seizure Disorder frontal lobe dominant but on both sides

HI Everyone, My daughter was just diagnosed with this yesterday. Her seizures are not even seen by the naked eye but has a lot of seizure activity based on her EEG. Her Doctor prescribed 1000 mg of Keppra, stating after 2 years on the medication, she may outgrow it. I am extremely worried about the side effects from the medication and was told CBD was not an option. I'm most concerned about the possibility of depression, suicidal thoughts and violent outburst. I would appreciate any feedback on what sort of side effects that you or your teen has experienced. This is a lot to take in. Thank you


Hi LIZK, Thanks so much for

Hi LIZK, Thanks so much for posting. Please reach out to your daughter's healthcare team to further express your concerns and discuss any potential changes in side effects, behaviors,symptoms, or seizure types, . For more information regarding seizure medication & side effects please visit, It is common for those living with epilepsy to experience feelings of depression. For more information on depression and emotional health, , please visit, a caretaker, it’s important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself as well, .The Wellness Institute, ,provides tools & strategies to better assist your loved one and support you in your important role.It may be helpful to connect with other people who live with epilepsy, or care for someone with epilepsy, to askquestions, share experiences, and find and give support to each other, by finding your local Epilepsy Foundation at & . You may also contact our Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline:1-800-332-1000, , , where a trained information specialist can connect you to resources, provide referrals and additional support.

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