Dedicated to the study and management of the effects of stress on Epilepsy
The purpose of SMILE is to study the effects of stress on individuals with Epilepsy and to identify alternative approaches to stress reduction.
If so, you may be interested in the Stress Management
Intervention for Living with Epilepsy (SMILE), a
groundbreaking new study about the effects of stress on
individuals with Epilepsy.
SMILE uses smartphone diaries to examine whether a stress
reduction intervention reduces the number of seizures in
individuals with drug resistant epilepsy.
The study is being conducted at three sites: Cincinnati,
New York, and San Francisco. This research is taking place
in the Bronx, NY.
Focus on stress and seizures
Surveys have shown that more than 50 percent of people
with epilepsy believe that acute or chronic stress makes them
more likely to have a seizure. With funding from the Charles L.
Shor Foundation, researchers at the Epilepsy Centers at
Montefiore Medical Center and University of Cincinnati are
conducting research to better understand the links between
stress and seizures.
Reducing stress is desirable for the majority of people. Stress
can interfere with functioning in all aspects of life. With the
exception of some individuals who thrive on stress, most
people perform better and feel happier when stress is reduced.
Here are three important ways to reduce stress:
Are your seizures more likely to occur when you feel stressed?
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In a groundbreaking new study called Stress Management Intervention for Living with Epilepsy (SMILE), researchers at the UC Epilepsy Center are using smartphones to help determine whether stress can precipitate seizures and, if so, whether a reduction in stress can keep seizures from occurring at all.
The clinical research team includes physicians in all neuroscience specialties, neuro-imaging specialists, research nurses and regulatory experts. Patients who seek treatment at the center will be offered the opportunity to participate in available clinical trials for which they qualify.
The study is being run at the University of Cincinnati, Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, and San Francisco.
Interested in learning more?
CEO funds study to look at stress and seizures
Shor survived being abducted. But his biggest battle has been with epilepsy.
Charlie Shor says he had his first seizure at age 25 while he was in an airport.
It came a few years before Shor was abducted, put in a 4-foot pit, tied to a stake and held for $250,000 ransom.
Take a simple screening test for anxiety and depression.
Treatment for anxiety or depression can help reduce
Integrate an exercise regimen into your life. Moderate
exercise, such as walking, yoga and Tai Chi, can relieve
stress and increase fitness. If you are not already
exercising, consult your primary care physician or epilepsy
specialist prior to starting your program.
Assess your sleep habits. Do you practice good sleep
hygiene? Some of the basics of good sleep hygiene are:
- Establish a routine of going to bed at the same time
every night and rising at the same time every morning,
even on the weekends.
- Eliminate caffeinated beverages in the afternoon.
- Eliminate afternoon naps; if you must have a nap, limit it
to less than 30 minutes a day.
- Switch to relaxing activities one hour before bedtime;
these can include taking a warm bath or listening to
- Create a calm, quiet space for sleep.