There are approximately 10 000 adolescents with epilepsy in Finland. For most of them, the symptoms are controlled with medication and epilepsy does not restrict their lives. For some, epilepsy can be difficult and make life more complicated.
Regardless of the nature of epilepsy, treatment is always important and epilepsy needs be accepted into daily life. Although adolescents might have learning difficulties or other neurological problems alongside with epilepsy, it is important that they remain independent and take responsibility of their lives.
Listen to experiences of young people in our podcast series
In episodes 6, 7, 10, and 11 of JokaSadas (OneInAHundred) podcasts, you can listen people talking about their experiences and how epilepsy has affected their lives during childhood and adolescence. These episodes cover for example school, moving away from home and the first steps in working life. Listen to #JokaSadas -podcast in Finnish.
More information from Health Village (Terveyskylä)
You can find more detailed information in Finnish on the Terveyskylä.fi -website about epilepsy and the types of epilepsy in children and adolescents.