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Information for Families and Friends

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Having epilepsy, or caring for someone with epilepsy, can sometimes be a challenge. CDC and its partners have resources to support you.

What people with epilepsy can do

  • Learn how to manage your epilepsy and find programs that can help.
  • Look for a health care provider that specializes in epilepsy. You can use the American Epilepsy Society online search tool.
  • Talk with your heath care provider to make sure your seizures are controlled as much as possible.
  • Learn more about treatment options, including clinical trials.
  • Be prepared for emergencies.


What parents can do


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What friends can do

  • Learn about epilepsy.
  • Know what to do when a seizure happens by learning seizure first aid.
  • Listen. Sometimes this is the best form of support.
  • Ask your friend what you can do to help.


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