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Peace of Mind Lecture: Epilepsy and Dating
Epilepsy shouldn’t stop you from having an exciting and fulfilling romantic life. Dating can be a normal part of everyday life, particularly during teenage years and adolescence. However, the stress of dating and forming new relationships can be compounded in the setting of an epilepsy diagnosis. Questions about how to reveal the diagnosis and concerns over possible rejection are common and nerve wracking. In this lecture, we will discuss when to tell someone you’re dating that you have epilepsy and what this diagnosis and the subsequent management means for your potential partner. We will also cover how to manage fear and rejection that these discussions might trigger.
About the presenter: Santoshi Billakota, MD is a board certified neurologist and epileptologist. She is an alumna of UCLA where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience. She went on to do medical training at Duke University and completed her epilepsy fellowship at Columbia Medical Center. She is now a clinical assistant professor at NYU Langone and the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Her clinical interests lie in epilepsy during adolescence and young adulthood, especially for women with epilepsy. In her spare time, she likes to run, hike, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

Jan 14, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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