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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)


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