Im 25, when I was 15 I had two seizures and diagnosed with epilepsy/. I've only had two girlfriends and now I've been single for about three years. I never told them my medical history because I was afraid that they would feel weird and just leave. I'm have been on medication since and will most likely be on them for the rest of my life. Sometimes I feel different and that's why I don't want to date for the fear of their reaction if I ever told them. When I like someone, I wont' approach that person because I feel that I have a disorder and it will be a turnoff and I'm not good enough for that person. because I have this disorder and I'm different. I was wondering if anybody here has dated someone with epilepsy and how did your partner react when you told him/her? Did you feel different afterward? Did it change your relationship? thanks in advance
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You had 2 seizures 10 years ago and are on medication. That means your epilepsy is stabilized.
You might have another seizure in exceptional circumstances. ( too much drinking, high stress, electric shock, overoxygenation, but as long as you take your medication you are safe now. Absolutely no reason not to date.
You might ask a medical advice before considering having children: in some cases it's hereditary, in other cases not. (do your parents have it? Traumatic epilepsy never is, of course. Examples are epilepsy caused by an accident or by forceps at your birth)
It's no worse a problem than diabetes and much less worrying than an addiction or a hearth condition. You can live a 100% happy life without any problem. Just refrain on alcohol. Scuba- or apnee diving might not be a good idea
Date as much as you like and tell it gradually, matter of fact way once the woman has experienced your behaviour is normal. Chances are, she knows or knew other people with epilepsy: about 1 in every 25 Americans (and Europeans) has epilepsy.2