Is it normal as a Epilepsy patient to be quite forgetful at times?

Is it normal as a Epilepsy patient to be quite forgetful at times?

Im lately realizing that my short term memory is very bad and i remember things from way back but also not even in detail . Im about to go to varsity next year and this worries my e.g for my studies and so forth .

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I have memory issues short and long term but maybe you'll get a silver lining yet. You may have to review and study harder or study different maybe even test different but what if by going the extra mile it becomes second nature? Maybe it can be a different testing style for you to prove your knowledge? You might not remember learning to read and write but yet you can do it, it happens unprompted. It will become second nature that there are 4 states of matter to work with. That debits and credits require a balanced "T" account. I hope you surprise yourself how much easier studying becomes when it's something you're interested in. I hope through years of study actions become second nature to you. In addition to your doc talk with your professors or dept head

posted 16 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Welcome to the site Linda .

Everyone with Epilepsy struggles with memory issues. Between taking our meds and having seizures, our memory part of the brain, likes to cut out a lot.

When I meet a person for the first time and they introduce their name to me , a couple seconds later I would already forget it. When I go to get something from another room , I would forget why I came into to room for. Then there are many time when I’m on the Internet , about to look something up. Right when I’m about to punch in my search , I have already forgotten, what it was . Those are just a few examples that I experience with my memory.

If your planning on going out to college you may want to bring a note pad to jot down notes and important info during your class. Another idea is, if the instructor/teacher/professor teaches by talking important information, you can try and use the recording app on your phone or use a digital recording.

Good luck hope some of this helped and gives you any ideas .

posted 19 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Ha, welcome to the club! I used to get depressed about this and of course anxiety. How I counteract that is by learning knew things and guess what? I remember the knew things and this empowers me. I also play games to strengthen my brain on my phone. I’m not one for crossword puzzles (yuk, too boring for me but others like it) so I shoot for games that make me hone in on more than just a couple of parts of my personality. For me I live chess (although my rating has greatly decreased since my last grand mal ten years ago, I’m improving), for some it’s knitting or playing seizure friendly video games (yes they exist and I have been a gamer since forever). You may find something about yourself that you like and want to progress in. Try different things without focusing in on what you forgot. You might be pleasantly surprised and it might increase confidence. Remember a watched pot never boils.

posted 14 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I go through the same thing, mostly after I've had a siezure though.

posted 14 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

A big fat YES to the short term memory loss Long term ,no problem ( we had a parade of shops when I was little I'm 62 now & can remember the type of shops& their owners names ),names of friends I had when I was little, incidents at primary school etc Last week I was trying to explain to my husband that thesweeper had been around ,with its rotating brush ( I was having a v bad day) Talk about word finding difficulties I kept twirling my hand around saying " that brush thing " The meds can also have an effect

posted 17 days ago
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