Epilepsy and mood disorders

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Mood disorders (MD) are a frequent comorbidity of epilepsy with a negative impact on quality of life. The higher prevalence of MD in people with epilepsy (PWE) is most likely a reflection of a bidirectional relation between the two conditions, and common pathogenic mechanisms. Treatment of MD in PWE is safe with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), but nonpsychiatrists need to know when to refer these patients to a psychiatrist for further evaluation and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-22
Number of pages3
Issue numberSUPPL. 9
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dysthymia
  • Frontal lobe epilepsy
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Quality of life in epilepsy
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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