What You Should Know

The goal of treatment is, no seizures, no side effects and a positive outlook on life. Without a precise diagnosis, treatment of seizures is really just a matter of chance. Proper treatment requires more than the right choice of an antiepileptic medicine and whether or not to perform epilepsy surgery. Seizures affect many aspects of your physical, mental and social wellbeing.

  • If you are seeing a general neurologist, and your seizures have not been brought under control after 12 months, insist upon a referral to a specialized epilepsy center and see an epileptologist.

  • The role of a specialized epilepsy center is to provide:

- an accurate diagnosis of your seizure type and seizure syndrome;
- comprehensive epilepsy education for you and your caregivers;
- appropriate treatment specific to your diagnosis;
- surgical treatment or access to it if indicated.

  • Be aware that there are recommended referral guidelines for seizure disorders established by the NAEC.