“An investigation into the effects of an epilepsy diagnosis on an individual’s life and life decisions”
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Epilepsy is a common disease that is found in 2% of the population, affecting all generations (Howard et al., 2014). When an individual becomes faced with an epilepsy diagnosis, their body undergoes specific physical and psychological changes (Schachter, 2003). The fundamental change in which the individual will experience is the change within their identity. This change in identity may have a large impact on a person’s life physically, socially and mentally (Nubukpo et al., 2004). This study has examined how an epilepsy diagnosis may impact an individual’s life and identify and discuss the changes that may occur as a result of diagnosis. Semi-structured interviews were conducted on four volunteer participants whom agreed to take part in the study. Once the data had been collected, a thematical analysis was conducted. This method considers all available research on the topic critically appraises the research for validity by measuring the findings of data and discovering mutual themes to produce results. The researcher created a number of different themes that were apparent in the review of the discoveries of the study. These themes include: the effects on social well-being, impact on the family, family support system and physical changes, employment, education and sporting activity. This study delivers a variety of recommendations for government, organisations and future researchers. It recognises that there is a need for additional research into the ways individuals with epilepsy cope with everyday life.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
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