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(p. 115) Session 8: Dealing With External Life Stresses 

(p. 115) Session 8: Dealing With External Life Stresses
(p. 115) Session 8: Dealing With External Life Stresses

W. Curt LaFrance Jr.

and Jeffrey Peter Wincze

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date: 22 January 2021

In this chapter the seizure counselor emphasizes the negative impact that external life stresses can have on seizure frequency and quality of life. Although many people recognize that they have stress in their lives, they do not often draw the connection between stress and seizures. External life stresses are life circumstances that people have difficulty dealing with, which can cause strain and tension that affect physical and emotional health. These stresses can affect both seizure frequency and quality of life. Patients have particular problems controlling seizures in the face of prolonged stress. This chapter presents information about the effects of different stresses, such as life changes, marital discord, financial problems, and death of loved ones, on a person’s health and, specifically, on seizure control. It offers different strategies for dealing with stresses while setting realistic goals. The seizure counselor is instructed on how to assist patients in learning to observe how stress may trigger their seizures and to create a stress reduction chart. Realistic goals for reducing stresses one at a time are set.

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