Are Psychiatric Disorders a Risk for the Development of Neurological Disorders?

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This chapter questions whether psychiatric disorders are a risk for the development of neurological disorders. It provides a review of the common pathogenic mechanisms that facilitate the existence of bidirectional relations between psychiatric and neurologic disorders, and analyzes the impact that a psychiatric disorder, particularly depression, has on the course of a neurologic entity. These data do not presuppose a causative relation between neurologic and psychiatric disorders; rather, these data suggest the presence of common pathogenic mechanisms mediating both types of disorders. The evidence in the chapter supports this hypothesis. There is a brief description of common pathogenic mechanisms between psychiatric and neurologic disorders, impact of mood disorders on the course of the neurologic disorder, and the patient's quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPsychiatric Controversies in Epilepsy
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780123740069
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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