Having epilepsy does not automatically mean you cant go clubbing. If your seizures are triggered by flashing lights (photosensitive epilepsy- which affects less than 5% of people with epilepsy), this may make things slightly more complicated.
What should epilepsy patients avoid?
Some people with epilepsy avoid certain foods if they seem to trigger seizures. Grapefruit juice and pomegranate juice do not trigger seizures, but they can make the side effects of some epilepsy medications more likely, including carbamazepine, diazepam and midazolam.
What activities can you do with epilepsy?
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Can people with epilepsy hold a job?
Safety-Sensitive Jobs & the Americans with Disabilities Act. People with epilepsy are successfully employed in a variety of jobs that might be considered high-risk: police officer, firefighter, welder, butcher, construction worker, etc.
Can my employer fire me for having epilepsy?
Workers cannot be dismissed from their job under harsh, unjust or unreasonable circumstances. For example, an employer could be in breach of the Fair Work Act if a person was fired for reasons associated with their epilepsy, rather than the quality and standard of their work.
Do I need to tell my employer I have epilepsy?
It is not always necessary to discuss epilepsy with a potential employer. Whether you do or not is up to you. If you have excellent seizure control and the employer does not ask any health-related questions, theres no reason to start talking about epilepsy unless you want to.
Can you be fired if you have epilepsy?
You cannot be fired for having epilepsy. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the employment of a qualified individual with a disability who can perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.
Do I have to tell my employer I have epilepsy?
No. The ADA does not require applicants to voluntarily disclose that they have epilepsy or another disability unless they will need a reasonable accommodation for the application process (for example, permission to bring a service animal to an interview).
Do epileptics have a shorter lifespan?
Reduction in life expectancy can be up to 2 years for people with a diagnosis of idiopathic/cryptogenic epilepsy, and the reduction can be up to 10 years in people with symptomatic epilepsy. Reductions in life expectancy are highest at the time of diagnosis and diminish with time.