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Keeping a seizure diary

A seizure diary is a good way of recording information about your epilepsy. For example you can use it to make a note of:

  • Your seizures and their types
  • How long they last
  • When you change anything about your epilepsy medicine
  • Possible side-effects of your epilepsy medicines
  • What other possible seizure triggers there might have been for you
  • Your monthly periods, if you think they may affect when your seizures happen

You can share your seizure diary with medical professionals such as your family doctor, epilepsy specialist or epilepsy nurse. This can help you and the medical professional to have a two way conversation about what, if anything, needs to happen next in your treatment.

Download a paper seizure diary (PDF file)

Or you might like to have your seizure diary as a smartphone app:

Epilepsy Ireland has a new smartphone seizure diary app for people with epilepsy and parents of children with epilepsy.
Website: epilepsy.ie/content/epilepsy-ireland-smartphone-apps

Epilepsy Foundation (USA) also has smartphone seizure diary app.
Website: epilepsy.com/get-help/my-epilepsy-diary/help

  • Updated April 2020
    To be reviewed April 2023

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