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Epilepsy and associated conditions

There are certain conditions or disorders that may, or may not, accompany epilepsy. These are sometimes known as co-morbidities.

In the past, it was assumed that many of these conditions occurred as a result of recurrent seizures or medication.

More recent research has shown that some cognitive and psychological conditions may occur before the onset of a child’s seizures. They may also occur simultaneously with, or after, the onset of a child’s epilepsy.

When they do occur, co-morbidities vary from child to child and the severity and impact they have on a child’s quality of life will also vary enormously. It is very important that these conditions are recognised early and families seek help and support.

Some of the more common conditions include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Educational difficulties
  • Behavioural problems
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Language and communication difficulties
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (dyspraxia)


Our dedicated Helpline can provide help and advice to those living with epilepsy and other associated conditions. For a private, confidential chat, call us on 01342 831342 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Helpline: 01342 831342 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm)
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Currently only 52% of the population of people with epilepsy are seizure free.

Cyber EssentialsFundraising RegulatorYoung Epilepsy is the operating name of The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy Charitable Trust.
Registered Charity number 311877 (England and Wales)

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