Are seizures the only symptom of epilepsy?

Dr. Barbara Phillips discusses other epilepsy symptoms outside of seizures. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Seizures are the hallmark of epilepsy. They are the symptom that defines the condition. This is a brain problem, obviously, with the seizures coming from the brain. There are other conditions and problems that epileptic patients tend to get. Memory problems are common. Depression is common. Long-term patients with severe seizures, who are not candidates for epilepsy surgery or other treatments, may experience cognitive changes and personality changes. Patients can also be injured during a seizure.

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