Having epilepsy may increase life’s risks, at least for some. Should you be taking special safety precautions? A lot depends on the kind of seizure you have, how often they happen, and the kinds of things that are important in your life. When you have the tendency to have seizures, you have to strike a balance between the way you want to live your life — your personal freedom — and your personal safety.

Balancing life’s risks against its rewards: some say it’s the key to living well.