Temporal lobe epilepsy

Temporal lobe epilepsy

The temporal lobes are primarily responsible for processing smell, sound, sights, speech and memory. Seizures may cause a disruption to any of these functions and the young person’s feelings/emotions may be affected. They may experience strange tastes or smells, butterflies in the stomach, nausea or get the feeling of déjà vu. They may also wander off or perform unusual movements such as plucking at clothes or chewing. Some young people describe not being able to understand what people are saying to them, like they are talking a foreign language.

These sensations may occur alone or may be a precursor (aura) to further seizure activity that impairs consciousness. They may also develop into tonic-clonic seizures and tend to be followed by confusion.

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Guide for schools

Young Epilepsy helpline: email helpline@youngepilepsy.org.uk / call 01342 831342 / text 07860 023789



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