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Personality Changes In Spouse After He Began Having Seizures

Personality Changes In Spouse After He Began Having Seizures

My husband suddenly started having grand mal seizures about 6 years ago completely out of the blue and was diagnosed with epilepsy about 6 months after his first cluster of seizures. He was young (27) fit and healthy and strong as he is a farmer, since the epilepsy began he has changed in almost every way... can anyone else relate?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Yes, I was 29 when diagnosed and led a very fit lifestyle and stress free job and life. I was also cocky as I had always succeeded in anything I wanted to do. After my initial cluster of seizures I woke up and had lost much of my long term memory. The experiences that a “normal” 29 year old should or would have seemed elusive to me. The worst for me and those around me was that it seemed as if I didn’t care about anything anymore but it was that, I didn’t know what was important to me as a person. Bonds with family and friends had been broken. My sister was longer the person that I had grown up with but a more familiar person than most people around me. That bond broke and has never been the same. Now add into that mix drugs that effect the brain and memory. Outside of my father and my son no bond is the same. My then wife at the time seemed a complete stranger, emotions, experiences, the works. Today I know her as the mother of my son and very little else. It is completely crushing to someone to find out you don’t remember or feel the same about them. Relearning job skills, knowledge such as mathematics, reading, humbled the confident part out of me. I know this is a horrible thought for you or anyone reading this but I believe the more accepting and prepared for something like this, rather than being crushed or angry, you will be someone he can confide in and that will go a long way.

posted about 2 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member stress is one of the big ones. and stress on top of stress will do it.

posted about 2 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Seizures can change someone’s emotions and behavior . If the active part of the brain is located in around those parts of the brain , that person can act that part of the brain during or after the seizure.

Like myself , instead of after the seizure , I vocalize while in my seizure.

posted about 2 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member question... what do you farm? some of the fruit, veggies, and grains have that bugs and the pesticides can do damage to your body (without protection). some of the animals have bugs and the smells and you will get sick to lead to a virus that leads to seizures. or its genetics and just now got the grand mals. or the stress and/or the anxiety of farm working.
i take [[treatment: levetiracetam:588694b66b4dcc553fd2a145]] (brand name is keppra) and its mostly used for partials (focal onset) seizures.

posted about 2 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Mine out of nowhere too at 56.

posted about 2 years ago
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