4 Steps to Stay on Track in Managing Epilepsy


Work together with your doctor on your treatment plan

Being honest with your entire care team is key to a good treatment plan.

Here are some ways to build a strong relationship with your doctor:

  • Ask questions (no such thing as a bad question)
  • Talk about what worries you
  • Tell your doctor exactly how you are doing
  • Try not to miss any doctor appointments

Use a seizure diary and take it with you to start conversations and write down important notes.


Be a part of your care team

There may be many people on your care team: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and others. Each can help you differently.

Some people can answer your questions. Others can help you with your feelings. But they won’t know how to help you as best they can if you don’t tell them everything. Keep your diary up to date and share it with your care team whenever possible.


Follow your treatment plan

The main goal of treatment is to stop the seizures so that you can lead a normal life. It is important to start treatment as soon as possible; there are many treatments that can help you. Your doctor will decide which is best for you.


Check in on yourself

Once you start a treatment plan, see how it works for you. Use a diary to keep track of your:

  • Medications
  • Side effects
  • Seizures and seizure triggers
  • Medical test results
  • Questions, concerns, and feelings

Remember, your care team's help is dependent on how open and honest you are with them. Talk to your doctor as often as you can to make sure you are sticking to your plan. Let’s keep your epilepsy management on the right track together!