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Managing Epilepsy Well Checklist

Epilepsy can get in the way of life, mostly when seizures keep happening. You can learn how to manage your epilepsy to feel better and have a more active and full life. Practice these self-management strategies to better control your seizures and your health. Self-management is what you do to take care of yourself.

You manage your epilepsy well if you*:

  • Know about your condition.
  • Take your seizure medicines as prescribed.
  • Check with your doctor before taking other medicines or supplements.
  • Keep a record of your seizures and seizure triggers to track patterns and learn how to avoid seizure triggers.
  • Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Exercise regularly and safely each day.
  • Follow a well-balanced diet and keep a healthy weight.
  • Don’t use tobacco, drink alcohol excessively, or abuse other substances.
  • Practice ways to lower stress.
  • Keep in touch with friends and family for support.
  • Talk to your doctor about health concerns.
  • Keep other health conditions in check.
  • Get help for emotional problems.
  • Use memory strategies to help with memory problems.

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Self-management is what you do to take care of yourself and your health.

How well are you managing your epilepsy?

How many of the self-management strategies listed above do you already use to manage your epilepsy?

  • 0-3: You’re on your way!
  • 3-5: Good job! Try to add a few more to your routine.
  • 5-10: Excellent!  Keep up the good work!
  • 10 or more: You manage your epilepsy well!

Practicing self-management and still having seizures? Talk to your doctor about other treatment options.

*Modified from Self-Management Goal Sheets. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2014.