Vol. 15 nº 3 - Jul/Aug/Set de 2021
Original Article Páginas: 357 a 360

Memory complaints, clinical aspects, and self-esteem in adult people with epilepsy

Authors Glória Maria de Almeida Souza Tedrus1; Laura Annoni Lange2


keywords: epilepsy, memory, memory complaint questionnaire, self-esteem.

Memory complaints are common in adult people with epilepsy (PWEs). However, the associated clinical aspects are not yet fully understood.
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to relate the occurrence of memory complaints in PWEs with clinical aspects and self-esteem.
METHODS: To relate the data obtained from the Memory Complaint Questionnaire (MAC-Q) with clinical aspects, 71 PWEs were assessed using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (SES), the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), and the Brief Cognitive Battery-Edu. These data were compared with 55 individuals in a control group (CG).
RESULTS: Memory complaints (MAC-Q≥25) were significantly higher in PWEs, when compared with individuals in the CG [35 (49.3%) vs. 15 (27.2%); Student's t-test; p=0.012]. Objective cognitive performance was lower in PWEs. Memory complaints were associated with a lower educational level, the presence of depression, SES, MMSE, incidental memory, and the clock-drawing test scores in PWEs.
CONCLUSIONS: Memory complaints were more frequent in PWEs than in individuals in the CG, and there was a relationship with cognitive deficit, educational level, depression, and low self-esteem.


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