Epilepsy and mental health

Study title

Epilepsy and mental health

What’s it about?

Epilepsy is associated with mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety.  However, healthcare professionals do not always take mental health conditions into account when caring for people with epilepsy.

This study will explore the relationship between epilepsy and depression and/or anxiety further, by asking people with epilepsy who experience these conditions to talk about their experiences.

Am I eligible to take part?

You can take part if you are aged 18 and over, living in the UK and have been diagnosed with epilepsy and depression and/or anxiety.

What will I have to do?

You will be asked to take part in an interview using Microsoft Teams, which will take about an hour.

Example interview questions include: ‘What was the ‘getting a diagnosis’ process like for you?’ and ‘Can you tell me about your experiences with the healthcare system and how the healthcare professionals approached your epilepsy treatment?’

How do I get involved?

If you are interested in taking part or knowing more about the study, email Barbora Ejemova at barbora.ejemova@my365.dmu.ac.uk.

Is there a deadline?

31 October 2021.

Who is conducting the research?

This research is being conducted by an MSc Health Psychology student at De Montfort University.

Who has reviewed this study?

The study has been reviewed and approved by the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee at De Montfort University (29/07/21).

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