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Florida Epilepsy Services

Florida Epilepsy Services was founded to enable persons with epilepsy to achieve increased control of their seizure activity, enable them and their families to better cope with and address the emotional challenges they face and assist them get a job or return to the workforce.

To achieve these goals, persons with epilepsy participate in a number of programs or services:

 Eligibility

To become eligible for services, persons must have/be:

  • A Florida resident
  • A diagnosis of epilepsy
  • An indication of probable epilepsy
  • In need of services
  • A family member or caregiver

 Medical Care and Treatment

The medical care and treatment program has assisted more than 22,000 persons since 1973. Forty-five (45) neurologists serve as health care providers and 17 medical facilities provide diagnostic services.

The goal of this program is to help persons with epilepsy achieve total or partial control of their seizure activity.

Services include:

  • Intake
  • Medical consultation
  • Medical follow-up and treatment
  • Diagnostic services
  • EEGs
  • CT Scans
  • MRIs
  • Lab work

 Case Management

The case management program is designed to help persons with epilepsy and educate them and their families and caregivers about the disorder. Individuals learn to accept and adjust to the diagnosis of epilepsy. A team of six (6) case managers provide services. Services include:

  • Epilepsy education
  • Developing and implementing treatment plans
  • Assisting clients to access treatment services
  • Referrals to other agencies

 Mental Health Counseling

Welcome to Florida Epilepsy Services Mental Health Counseling Program

Florida Epilepsy Services is now providing mental health services for persons suffering from epilepsy/seizure disorder. We currently serve residents of Hillsborough and Polk Counties. Counseling services include individual and family/couples therapy for persons age 12 and up.

Mental illness affects 30%-50% of individuals with epilepsy. Anxiety and depression are two of the more common mood disorders, affecting 1 out of 3 people with seizure disorder.  Symptoms include fatigue, panic, excessive worry and/or crying, and irritability. Emotional stress and fatigue can significantly reduce the quality of life having a large impact on your physical health. Our program is designed to address mental health concerns and restore the mind and body to a healthy way of functioning. Specialties include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, stress and anger management, marital conflict, and family counseling.

Our Licensed Mental Health Counselors are trained in treating a variety of mental health issues with specific knowledge on how they relate to epilepsy. In additional, they are knowledgeable on AEDs and their effects on depression, anxiety, and significant behavioral changes. Our counselors will work with you on establishing a treatment plan with specific goals tailored to fit your needs and promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Florida Epilepsy Services offers affordable services to all persons diagnosed with epilepsy/ seizure disorder and their families, utilizing a sliding scale fee. In addition, we accept most major insurances. Please contact one of our mental health counselors for more information on our program.

 Employment

The employment program is a primary goal for most people. Adults with epilepsy are employed and work in a full range of occupational fields. This program is a comprehensive, interconnected group of services designed to help adults with epilepsy and without a job or under-employed get a job.

A vocational coordinator provides services.

Services include:

  • Career pathing
  • Job seeking skills training
  • Computer skills
  • Job search guidance
  • Workplace practices
  • Employer expectations
  • Advocacy

 Information and Referral

The Information and Referral program is designed to assist any person with epilepsy, family member, caregiver or citizen who seeks information about epilepsy, a specific problem/need or the agency.

Referrals are made to other service agencies that can address a specific problem/need.

 

Florida Epilepsy Services