What is temporal lobe epilepsy?

Temporal lobe epilepsy consists of seizures, which originate in the specific region of the brain known as the temporal lobe. The seizures often start with an aura followed by a period of altered behavior and consciousness. An aura consists of a variety of symptoms, such as abnormal smells, feelings, such as fear or anxiety, other emotional experiences and odd sensations. The seizures may last for a few seconds or a few minutes, while the patient has no memory of these events.

People with temporal lobe epilepsy typically experience complex focal seizures. However, tonic-clonic seizures and simple focal seizures also are common.

Seizures occurring as part of temporal lobe epilepsy are frequently difficult to describe. The temporal lobe controls memory and emotion, and the seizures can distort these two things.

People with temporal lobe epilepsy frequently describe a deluge of old memories flooding back, hallucinations, or foreign emotions.

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