Relationships of any kind take a hit when somebody involved is diagnosed with epilepsy.
Friends don’t know how to behave around you anymore, family don’t know how to support you and partners don’t know if they want to be in a romantic relationship, let alone a sexual one, with a disabled person.
You may not notice these things at first but it’s almost inevitable that at some point you’ll fall into one of these categories if you have epilepsy.
But that’s okay because better people come along and lift you up.
To help that happen here are five tips to help make relationships work when somebody involved has epilepsy.
- Be patient. This goes both ways, sometimes you’ll need to be patient after a seizure and sometimes you’ll need to be patient while they process the seizure.
- Be gentle. Again, this goes both ways as epilepsy takes a tole on the one with it AND their loved ones.
- Listen to the person with epilepsy’s boundaries.
- Understand the persons limits in social settings
- Know what to do if something happens