Emotional Effects of Diagnosis - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I worry about depression in my child?

21 January 2010
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Depression is quite common in children with epilepsy and should be dealt with by a professional. It may be a side effect of anti-epileptic medication, or it may be caused by other factors including stress, disappointment, or a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Depression can have a major impact on your child's life. It is important for parents to be aware of the possibility that their child may experience depression. This should not be surprising since the diagnosis of epilepsy can be overwhelming. The child who is depressed is unlikely to talk to you about how he/she is feeling.

 

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