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Welcome to the course

Welcome and thank you for enrolling in this course on epilepsy and its neuropsychology. We are very much looking forward to working with you over the next three weeks. Below, find out what you will be learning from this course and why it is important to have information on all aspects of epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that implies physical as well as cognitive and psychosocial consequences. So diagnosis and treatment of this pathology requires a multidisciplinary perspective. In particular, this course will highlight the importance of the neuropsychology of epilepsy.

Sara Mondini, the lead educator, is going to present the topic. The course is divided in three weeks and involves various activities (e.g., videos, discussions, quizzes and tests).

This first week will introduce the issue of epilepsy. A description of seizures and epilepsy will be given after a brainstorming on what we already know about this disorder. You will learn about the case of Alice, a young girl who was diagnosed with epilepsy, and this clinical case will help you to understand the real core of the course. Moreover, some videos will show the features of seizures.

The second week will cover the multi-disciplinary assessment of epilepsy, and again we will use the case of Alice. A classification of seizures and epileptic syndromes will be given, followed by a description of the different types of evaluation techniques used to accurately diagnose epilepsy. The central role of the brain will be addressed.

The third week will focus on epilepsy both from a clinical and a social perspective. Here, the case of Alice will be treated from a psychological point of view. Throughout the course you can test your knowledge with weekly quizzes and you will also have the opportunity to ask questions. We can discuss things together in the forums.

From comments to and discussions on the previous run of the course great interest has emerged in some topics, such as medications and diet. Here we would like to explain why they were not addressed and why nothing about these topics is going to be reported in this new edition of the course: they are out of our domain of expertise.
As you will discover, there is a multidisciplinary team who looks after the different aspects of the health of people with epilepsy.
Our team is specialized only on the cognitive and psychological consequences of epilepsy.
So, for example, we strongly suggest a person with epilepsy should speak with a neurologist who has expert knowledge in pharmacological treatment regarding AED (antiepileptic drugs). This is especially relevant because any antiepileptic therapy is personalized based on a person’s medical history. No general guidelines can be suggested.

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