The Cognition Survey was conducted by the Euopean Regional Committee of IBE, together with Ian Hindmarch, Professor of Human Psychoparmacology at the University of Surrey and with a grant aid from UCB Pharma.
The questionnaire was circulated by IBE chapters in Belgium, France, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Austra and Malta.
Epilepsy and Cognition Fast Facts
- Cognitive function is higher-order behaviour involving primarily the cortical structures of the brain to programme adaptive behaviour, to solve problems, memorise information and focus attention1
- Memory impairments, mental slowing and attention deficits are the most frequently reported cognitive disorders in a population of patients with epilepsy1
- Cognitive impairment is different from mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression or psychosis
- The exact cause of cognitive impairment in epilepsy is unknown, but three factors are clearly involved: aetiology, seizure activity and central side effects of drug treatment1
- Cognitive function can be temporarily or permanently impaired by alcohol, recreational and medicinal drugs, brain injury or disease
- Nearly half of people with epilepsy are likely to be aware of problems with cognitive function2
- In addition to the effects of epilepsy on cognitive function, some anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) can also have an adverse effect. Over half of people with epilepsy associate their cognitive problems with their condition and/or their medication2
- Aldenkamp AP, De Krom M, Reijs R. Epilepsia. 2003;44(suppl 4):21-29.
- International Bureau for Epilepsy. Patients in Mind Survey of Cognitive Function, 2004
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