Memory loss can occur due to a number of reasons, one of those being after an epileptic seizure. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that causes seizures, which can sometimes result in permanent damage to an epileptic’s brain. This, in turn, can cause mild to severe memory loss in patients dealing with epileptic seizures.
Epileptic seizures can damage parts of the brain, causing memory loss, typically short-term. Where the seizure originates in the brain will determine how it affects the epileptic. For example, if the left side of the brain was affected during the epileptic seizure, the patient would have difficulty with their verbal memory, which would include remembering conversations that they had or things that they have read. Damage to the right side of the brain during an epileptic seizure would cause problems with one’s visual memory.
In addition to the seizures themselves, the antiepileptic medications that are taken by patients dealing with epilepsy (such as the drug Dilantin) can also pose a side effect of memory loss.
When one experiences an epileptic seizure, they may also “black out” during the seizure, causing a gap in one’s memory during the seizure itself. Epileptic seizures can cause people to appear confused or delirious, but it is typically caused by the memory gaps that they experience during the seizures.
Whether your memory loss is caused by epileptic seizures and/or the medications you take to keep them from occurring, you may need to learn how to rewire your thought processes and work around your memory loss in order to function on a daily basis. Writing things down is one way that epileptic patients deal with their short-term memory loss.