It is important that all teenagers are given information about the effects of AEDs on contraception and pregnancy before they become sexually active
There are certain conditions or disorders that may, or may not, accompany epilepsy. These are sometimes known as co-occurring conditions (or 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-occurring conditions 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)
NB Young Epilepsy are currently reviewing our information portfolio which will be updated in October 2023.