This shows the classic EEG pattern of a seizure, the so called spike and wave (on the right hand side of the image.)

Depending on the area(s) of your brain most involved in your seizures, many different kinds of cognitive difficulties can arise. It is difficult to predict the kinds of cognitive or thinking problems you may have without a full neuropsychological assessment, but common symptoms often include:

  • Poor memory – especially for recently learned information
  • Language challenges – difficulty coming up with the right word
  • Difficulty with attention or problem-solving
  • Learning problems in school
  • Decreased IQ

Getting a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation if you or a loved one with epilepsy is experiencing any of these difficulties is an essential step in the process of understanding how your brain works and, consequently, developing strategies to overcome your challenges.

Please contact us to find out more about what can be done to assess for the presence of cognitive difficulties and to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage these challenges and help prevent further decline.

Epilepsy is a disorder that results from abnormal electrical firing inside the brain, causing a seizure (also known as a fit or a convulsion). There are many different kinds of seizures with symptoms that range from a person staring blankly off into space for a few seconds, to having full-fledged convulsions. The particular type of epilepsy is best diagnosed by a neurologist, but when it comes to the cognitive or thinking challenges that often accompany epilepsy, it is best to consult with a neuropsychologist.