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Can Epilepsy Affect Your Ability To Work?

If you suffer from epilepsy, you know first-hand how the disorder can affect all areas of your life, including your ability to drive, work and maintain your safety. Whether you were born with the disorder or you acquired it at some point throughout your life, living with epilepsy can make it difficult to perform certain tasks. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, this seizure disorder is the fourth most common neurological disease in the United States, affecting people of all ages and races. 

The degree to which epilepsy can affect your life may depend on what type of seizures you have, how often they occur and their severity. You may be doing well at work or going about your day, only to have a trigger send you into a seizure state. While some may have their seizures occur in a set pattern or have them happen more often in certain situations, others can occur without any notice at all. This makes it hard for people to maintain a job, as something may set them off. 

Despite the occurrence of seizures and the potential unpredictability of the disorder, people can be successful in certain positions. If you are unable to drive, you can use public transportation to get to and from work. You can also explore work-from-home positions. Make sure you disclose your disorder to the employer during the interview process and ensure they have the resources available to accommodate your condition. Realize that some employers may require a medical release to ensure you are okay to work. 

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.