Intellectual Disability with Epilepsy
What is Intellectual Disability with Epilepsy?
A person is said to have an intellectual disability (often called learning disability in the UK) when they have a combination of:
- an IQ of lower than 70
- problems with adapting to daily living
- this starts during development.
In addition to this some people with an intellectual disability may have problems with understanding and with communicating their thoughts and feelings to other people. Some people also have behavioural problems, health problems and physical disabilities that are related to the cause of their intellectual disability.
People with intellectual disability often have epilepsy. This is when people have two or more seizures. There are many different forms of seizures ranging from absences, where individuals appear to ‘go blank’ to tonic-clonic seizures during which an individual may lose consciousness and their limbs and body may shake. People who have more severe intellectual disabilities are more likely to have epilepsy.