Question: Do Seizures Affect Intelligence?

How does a person with epilepsy behave?

Epilepsy has significant effects on the behavior of most people who have it.

In some cases the seizure activity itself is manifested as a brief change or interruption in behavior that might appear unusual to the casual observer.

Evidence also suggests that epilepsy can affect behavior when seizures are not occurring..

Can epilepsy go away?

While many forms of epilepsy require lifelong treatment to control the seizures, for some people the seizures eventually go away. The odds of becoming seizure-free are not as good for adults or for children with severe epilepsy syndromes, but it is possible that seizures may decrease or even stop over time.

Can seizures affect behavior?

All types of epilepsy can make children prone to behavior problems: Complex partial seizures, especially of early onset—hyperactivity, problems in paying attention or controlling temper. Seizures from the left side—anxiety and frustration due to problems in understanding and expressing ideas.

Do seizures kill brain cells?

Isolated brief seizures probably do not kill neurons; however, severe and repetitive seizures (i.e., status epilepticus) certainly do. Because status epilepticus both kills neurons and also leads to chronic epilepsy, neuronal death has been proposed to be an integral part of acquired epileptogenesis.

How does seizures affect the brain?

Prolonged seizures are clearly capable of injuring the brain. Isolated, brief seizures are likely to cause negative changes in brain function and possibly loss of specific brain cells.

Can seizures cause personality changes?

Epilepsy can be accompanied by changes in cognition, personality, affect, and other elements of behavior. There is no single epileptic constitution or personality complex. A unifying theme to the behavior in epilepsy is diversity.

Should epileptics drink coffee?

Moderate doses of caffeine may benefit patients with epilepsy, whereas high doses – four cups of coffee per day or more – may increase seizure susceptibility, said Julie Bourgeois-Vionnet, MD, of the department of functional neurology and epileptology at Hospices Civils de Lyon in France.

Does epilepsy worsen with age?

Age: Adults over the age of 60 may experience an increased risk for epileptic seizures, as well as related complications.

Do seizures lower IQ?

Our study indicates that as a group, children with symptomatic epilepsy have lower IQs when tested within two weeks of their first seizure. The lower mean IQ scores of symptomatic epileptic populations are probably caused by preexist- ing deficits rather than by either clinical seizures or drug therapy.

Can seizures affect learning?

Some children with some epilepsy syndromes are more likely to have learning difficulties than others. Epileptic seizures can disrupt normal brain activity, and this can stop memory from working properly. The confusion that can happen for your child after a seizure may also cause memory loss.

Do seizures affect memory?

Any type of epileptic seizure could potentially affect your memory, either during or after a seizure. If you have lots of seizures, memory problems might happen more often. Some people have generalised seizures that affect all of the brain.

Is epilepsy a disability?

Epilepsy is a physical, long-term condition and people with epilepsy are protected under the Equality Act, even if their seizures are controlled or if they don’t consider themselves to be ‘disabled’.