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Neuropsychologists are concerned with cognitive, behavioral and emotional symptoms that occur with different brain disorders. In patients with epilepsy, changes in thinking, personality and mood can be due to the brain abnormality that is causing the seizures, the seizures themselves, the medications given to control the seizures, and the stress associated with adjustment to a chronic medical problem. Neuropsychologists assess patients to identify and monitor mental, behavioral and emotional symptoms before and after treatment. They also provide behavioral therapies to help patients and families better understand and cope with the psychological changes associated with epilepsy.

Neuropsychologists at the Penn Epilepsy Center are at the forefront of research in this field. Studies using advanced brain imaging techniques are under way to examine relationships between different behavioral symptoms and brain dysfunction in epilepsy patients. We're also studying the effects of behavioral symptoms on psychosocial and emotional adaptation in order to improve quality of life for patients and families dealing with epilepsy.








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