For lots of people it’s extreme worry, nervousness or a fear of losing control. For others it can cause unease and panic.
Anxiety is common emotion that many people experience, from mild to more severe forms. And it’s ok to feel anxious, especially during times of stress. Anxiety can motivate us: it’s not always a negative emotion. But it affects everyone differently, and sometimes anxiety can become more intense or all consuming, which can really impact on your mental health and wellbeing. What’s important is how you manage your anxiety, and that you find the best coping mechanisms to suit you.
How does it affect people with epilepsy?
Seizures and anxiety often go hand in hand. The fear of having a seizure, not knowing where or when it could happen can make you feel anxious. An epilepsy diagnosis can also cause anxiety, so can feeling excluded from doing the things you enjoy because of your epilepsy. Anxiety can also be a side effect of some ASMs. It’s a natural human emotion so be kind to yourself if you’re anxious and remember you’re not alone. Since Covid-19, 1 in 6 people have experienced some form of anxiety, without living with epilepsy too.
Anxiety can cause panic attacks and the symptoms are very similar to some seizures, lasting between 5-20 minutes. Knowing the symptoms of anxiety could reduce their impact and your stress levels. These include:
- Intense feelings of nervousness
- Fast heartbeat
- Flushing of the skin
- Feeling sick
- Stomach pains
- Muscle pains and tension
- Dry mouth
- Disturbed sleep