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I felt really down when I received the diagnosis of epilepsy, and anxious too, how would I cope?

I withdrew inside, stopped meeting friends and going out socially. I didn’t know what would happen when I got on public transport and I couldn’t use the car any more.

I managed to continue to go to work each day, but felt panicky when I left the house and constantly worried about what would happen to me, imagining all sorts of scenarios which could happen.


I managed to continue to go to work each day, but felt panicky when I left the house and constantly worried about what would happen to me, imagining all sorts of scenarios which could happen.

Eventually my brother persuaded me to see my GP. What a difference! It took some courage, but I spoke to her about how I was feeling, really down and anxious, and she referred me to my local primary care mental health service. I didn’t like the idea of going to a mental health service, I was still going to work and managing to look after myself, I wasn’t sure if it was for me. When the day of my first appointment arrived I really didn’t want to go to the first session. However I had set myself a goal to just attend the first session and see what it was like.

I found out that it is really common to suffer from both anxiety and depression. The therapist helped me to think differently and therefore behave differently about my diagnosis and what it meant for me.

I still get anxious, but I have new coping tools I can use to help.

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