Subjective memory and mood of Hong Kong Chinese adults with epilepsy

May Lan Alma Mary Gerardina Au, Patrick Leung, Amy Kwok, Patrick Li, Colin Lui, John Chan

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Clinicians are often confronted with the self-report of memory difficulties by patients. This study explored the possible correlates of subjective memory in 67 adult Chinese patients with epilepsy in Hong Kong. These correlates include epilepsy-related factors, mood state, and actual performance on neuropsychological tests. Results suggested that there exists no significant systematic relationship between subjective and illness-related factors such as seizure frequency, age at onset, and medication. Instead, stepwise regression analysis revealed that mood (anxiety) explained about 17% of the variance of subjective memory difficulties, whereas performance on a memory test accounted for only 8% of the variance. Findings are discussed in the light of the need to attend to the anxiety of patients with epilepsy in the process of rehabilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-72
Number of pages5
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006


  • Anxiety
  • Epilepsy
  • Mood
  • Neuropsychological tests
  • Subjective memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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