Thursdays with NAMI: Kylie Rachelle explores connections between depression, anxiety, and epilepsy

October 27, 2022

Studies have found that the prevalence of depression and anxiety is higher in people with epilepsy than those without. Furthermore, people with depression or anxiety are more likely to suffer from epilepsy, according to the National Library of Medicine. What’s the connection, and how can we be supportive?

Kylie Rachelle is an occupational therapist, epilepsy ambassador, epilepsy advocate and mental health advocate. At age 8 she was diagnosed with epilepsy. Since then, she has also lived with panic attacks, depression and suicidal ideation.

“I speak up about mental health and I’m very passionate about it. I don’t want people to feel alone or isolated or embarrassed,” Kylie said. “There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. We are strong.”

Over the years she has learned to maintain a positive attitude with animal therapy and other coping mechanisms. Nobody thought she would make it, but she is still thriving! Join us for a conversation about her journey and insights gained. This event is free and open to the public. Find us on Facebook Live or register here to participate on Zoom.