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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 133-137

Memory Profile in Patients with Primary Generalized Epilepsy

1 Assistant Professor Institute of Mental Health, Sweekaar Academy of Rehabilitation Sciences, Secunderabad, Telangana, India
2 Assistant Professor, Institute of Behavior Science, Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

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P Samuel
Assistant Professor, Institute of Mental Health, Sweekaar Academy of Rehabilitation Sciences, Secunderabad, Telangana
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Background: Epilepsy is a neurological condition in which recurrent seizures take place due to abnormal, excessive neural activity in the brain. This leads toinvoluntary change in the body movement or function. Studies have shown that seizures affect sensation, attention behavior and memory of an individual. Memory problems are very common and distressing to the patients. It is a matter of great concern as it affects their day to day functioning. The higher the frequency of seizures and/or the prolonged duration higher the dysfunction affecting quality of life of the individual. Aim: The study aimed at understanding memory dysfunction associated with primary generalized epilepsy. Methodology: The sample was selected using purposive sampling (N=30). Patients with primary generalized epilepsy were assessed on PGI memory scale (N=15) and were compared with control group (N=15). Results: The results revealed significant dysfunction of attention, concentration, and verbal retention in patients of primary generalized epilepsy. Remote memory and recognition on the other hand was found to be unaffected. Conclusion: The present study concludes that attention and concentration and short term memory is affected in patients withprimary generalized epilepsy.

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