How epilepsy can affect memory

11th July 2018

Many people with epilepsy will report that memory can be a key issue. This can be due to a variety of reasons; various types of seizures, side effects of medications or the effects of epilepsy surgery are three potential causes. Sometimes it may be a consequence of seizure activity itself. It’s not uncommon for this…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy

Caring for someone with epilepsy

5th July 2018

A carer isn’t necessarily someone who works as in healthcare and gets paid. Quite often it’s a family member, partner or friend who assumes the responsibility of caring for a person with epilepsy. It can be a significant responsibility and is often exhausting for those who are taking care of a loved one. 1 in…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy

Sleep and epilepsy

25th June 2018

There is a link between epilepsy and sleep. In fact, some people only have seizures whilst asleep which can cause issues with the natural sleep cycle. Seizures whilst awake can also affect sleeping patterns and lead to a person with epilepsy being tired and missing out on important stages of sleep that helps the body…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy

Information about diagnosing epilepsy

18th June 2018

Diagnosing epilepsy is by no means simple, however, if there is a classic description of seizures this makes the diagnosis more straightforward. There are other medical conditions that present in similar ways to epilepsy that can make it more difficult to diagnose. Of course, this can be a stressful time for a person who isn’t…

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Category: Seizures

Why it’s a good idea to keep a seizure diary

11th June 2018

A seizure diary is a way to record details and information about your epilepsy. Many may think they don’t need one, but a seizure diary can be an incredibly useful way to get a better overview of a person’s epilepsy stretching back weeks, months and years. Even people with really good memories are likely to…

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Category: Seizures

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)

4th June 2018

SUDEP is a fatal complication of epilepsy and is defined by death with no obvious cause. The average of premature deaths is higher in people with epilepsy and the reason is still uncertain, although strongly linked to seizures, particularly tonic-clonic seizures. One theory is that seizures can affect the heart rate or breathing rhythm of…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy