Matt - Interview 40
Age at interview: 24
Age at diagnosis: 15
Brief Outline: Matt was diagnosed with tonic-clonic epilepsy at the age of 15. At the moment he has seizures about once a month.
Background: Matt is 24, single and lives in a shared student house. Ethnic background / nationality' White British.
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Matt took drugs because he was 'in denial' and wanted to be 'one of the lads'. He was 'guaranteed...
After a while it did get serious and I was doing it a lot, but then once I realised myself, that it was not only a bad thing, but it was a bad thing especially for me. For example the next morning, you know, there was gonna be a definite risk of me having a seizure. The state I was in, the sort of come down period if you like, took a while but I realised it, it just, it's not good'It was always a risk.
I never had a seizure when I was on any of them; it was always the next morning, the come down, especially with ecstasy. When I was doing ecstasy pills, the next morning you could almost guarantee it. That's when, in a way I thought to myself, yeah whatever, you know I'm gonna have it in the morning, okay I'll do what I do in the night, I've never had one when I was on it. I woke up in the morning, give it half hour, sit in bed, have my fit, wake up, carry on, the next thing the next night. So, after I looked back on that and thought that is actually quite a serious issue, I got a bit more mature about in myself. It did affect me, it affected the seizures and it affected me.
For Matt, the come-down from taking Ecstasy and other pills 'guaranteed' a seizure the next day.