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How Does Epilepsy Affect Your Job?

Learn how epilepsy can affect a person's job from Steve Wolf, MD and Patty McGoldrick, NP in this Howcast video.


One of the biggest concerns that people with epilepsy have is, their ability to hold down a job, and to be productive members of society. In the past people with epilepsy have really not been allowed to hold jobs, they’ve been fired. We’ve come a long way but these old stigmas still exist. The bottom line is, just because you have epilepsy, there’s no reason why you can’t work. Yes, there are certain kinds of conditions and certain types of jobs that you shouldn’t be doing if you have epilepsy. If your epilepsy’s not controlled, driving could be a problem, you shouldn’t really be climbing telephone poles, yeah, high wires, heights, construction and heights is not a great idea. But there are many jobs that a person with epilepsy, well controlled epilepsy can do and there really should be no restriction. Right, there should be no restriction and they should not be getting fired or let go from a job because they’ve had a seizure on the job. There’s really no reason. So, because you have epilepsy, doesn’t mean you can’t hold a job. There’s no reason you should be discriminated against in your job and if you feel like you’re not being promoted and you are being discriminated, you should discuss that with your human resource person in your company.

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