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behavior issues in preteens after out growing absent seizures

My 11 yoa son diagnosed with absent seizures when he was 3.  He took Depikote for two years and had was given the all clear and taken off his meds.  He has always had strange behavior but I thought he would mature and outgrow it.  His behavior is only getting worse.  We have been to Med Dr's and are now in counseling.  He was having head aches and we went to the Dr. and had another EEG and is was still ok.  He did have a CAT SCAN and it showed a cyst on his brain.  We were told it was nothing and could have been there from birth.

 What I want to know is could all this be causing his poor/strange behavior?  If so, what can I do about it and where can I go for more info.


I think it's just "testosterone poisoning" from all the hormonal changes he's going through.  But you might keep a daily diary of his sleep patterns, what he eats, his activites and behaviors and perhaps you'll get a clue from that...     Phylis Feiner Johnson


Thanks for writing in but sorry to hear of your son's difficulties. Any person who has had seizures then displays changes in behavior should be looked at to see if they are having seizures again, since disturbances in certain brain areas can affect behavior. Also if a child has a structural change, like a cyst, this could be affecting how the brain functions. Absence seizures are hard to detect since they can be so subtle. Clusters of them can often be overlooked and look like periods of confusion or behavioral problems. A routine EEG when the child is not having symptoms may not show what's going on. A consult with an epilepsy specialist may be more helpful where they can look at the brain scans as well as EEG testing. A neuropsychologist may also be helpful to look at areas of the brain involved with behavior and sort out other factors contributing to the child's difficulties.

Hope this helps!

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