Establishing a depression screening protocol for young epilepsy patients is feasible and effective and helps fill an unmet need, new research shows. “We’re trying to make other clinics aware that screening is feasible; it’s easy to do, even in a large volume clinic,” study investigator and pediatric psychologist Hillary Thomas, PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center, […]
For people with treatment-resistant depression, adding vagus nerve stimulation to medication can drastically improve their quality of life, concludes a new study. People with severe depression may benefit from the neurostimulation technique ‘vagus nerve stimulation.’ The National Institute of Mental Health suggest that over 16 million people in the United States have had at least […]
Research at Royal Holloway University of London, has suggested a link between patients with epilepsy and patients with bipolar disorder, through investigating a medicine used to treat both disorders. Valproic acid has been used successfully for many years to treat people with a diagnosis of either epilepsy or bipolar disorder, but there has never been […]
Children with a chronic physical illness have a substantially elevated prevalence of psychiatric illness. The odds of having a mental health disorder were 62% higher among children with vs without a chronic physical condition, even after adjusting for sociodemographic variables and access to health care, according to results from a study published in 2016.1 The […]
Depression can cause debilitating fatigue and make the simplest activities, such as getting out of bed, too difficult to manage. According to a 2018 report, fatigue affects over 90 percent of people with major depressive disorder. In this article, learn about the link between depression and fatigue, as well as how to cope. […]
Cognitive-behavioural therapy does not meaningfully reduce depression in most people with epilepsy: a systematic review of clinically reliable improvement
Depression and anxiety are common comorbid conditions in people with epilepsy. Their presence is associated with an increase in suicide risk, increase healthcare costs, increase in mortality and reduced quality of life.