Chapter 20 Psychiatric Comorbidities in Epilepsy

W. Curt LaFrance, Andres M. Kanner, Bruce Hermann

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Psychiatric disorders can be identified in 25-50% of patients with epilepsy, with higher prevalence among patients with poorly controlled seizures. These disturbances include depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, cognitive, and personality changes occurring in the interictal or ictal/postictal states. In this chapter, we describe four areas of focus in women with epilepsy: comorbid primary psychiatric processes, integrated symptoms secondary to epilepsy, stigma and psychosocial consequences of epilepsy, and nonepileptic seizures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEpilepsy in Women The Scientific Basis for Clinical Management
EditorsBarry Gidal, Cynthia Harden
Number of pages37
StatePublished - Oct 7 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameInternational Review of Neurobiology
ISSN (Print)0074-7742

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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