The Behavioral Aspects of Epilepsy: An Overview of Controversial Issues

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The field of epilepsy and behavior is rich with controversial issues. In anticipation of an upcoming new feature of Epilepsy & Behavior called Controversial Issues in Epilepsy and Behavior, several highly debated issues are reviewed in this article. These include whether epilepsy is a neuropsychiatric disorder, the relationship between epilepsy and depression and the possible "bidirectional" interaction between the two disorders, and the differences in clinical expression of depression and psychotic disorders in epileptic and nonepileptic patients and the associated implications with respect to diagnosis and treatment. In addition, forced normalization and the very limited involvement of psychiatrists in the evaluation and management of patients with epilepsy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Depressive disorder; interictal dysphoric disorder; psychosis of epilepsy; alternative psychosis; forced normalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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