Epilepsy: Exploring INFORMATION / KNOWLEDGE / EMPOWERMENT MODULE 1: Epilepsy 101 10 Does Epilepsy Affect People Differently? Epilepsy affects people in different ways at different times of their lives.1 • Children, teenagers, adults, and older adults may all face different problems in managing their epilepsy1 • Times of change, such as moving from youth to adulthood, starting a new medication, or having a change in how often seizures happen, might be hard to manage1 Children or Teenagers Children and teenagers with epilepsy may worry about:1 • Having seizures at school • Having seizures in front of friends • Having learning problems • Being safe at school • Participating in sports or other after-school activities • How epilepsy affects their future Adults Adults with epilepsy may worry about:1 • Driving • Working • Sleeping • Having a seizure in public • Dying during a seizure • How stress affects seizures • Whether their children will have epilepsy Women Women with epilepsy may worry about:1 • How monthly hormonal changes may affect seizures • How menopause may affect seizures • How seizures affect sexual function • How seizures affect pregnancy ◦ How medications may affect pregnancy ◦ How pregnancy might affect seizure control Older Adults Older adults with epilepsy may worry about:1 • Driving • Working • Falling • Taking epilepsy medications  with other medications • Living alone Men Men with epilepsy may worry about:1 • Memory problems • Confidence • Plans for the future • How seizures affect sexual function