Category: "Depression"

Psychiatric Comorbidities in Epilepsy: Implications for Clinical Practice

Psychiatric Comorbidities in Epilepsy: Implications for Clinical Practice

Psychiatric disorders affect 1 in 3 individuals with epilepsy—and their etiology is multifactorial. Psychiatric disorders represent a major source of disability for individuals with epilepsy. This is reflected in the new International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) definition of epilepsy as a disorder of the brain that is characterized not only by recurrent seizures, but also […]

Seizure Phobia a ‘Distinct Anxiety Disorder’ in Epilepsy

Seizure Phobia a ‘Distinct Anxiety Disorder’ in Epilepsy

Seizure phobia occurs in nearly one-third of people with epilepsy (PWE), but was mainly associated with variables not related to epilepsy, based on data from 69 adults. Anxiety and depression are known to affect quality of life in epilepsy patients, and previous studies have shown that anticipatory anxiety of epileptic seizures (AAS) was present in 53% of patients with focal epilepsy, […]

Seizure Phobia a ‘Distinct Anxiety Disorder’ in Epilepsy

Seizure Phobia a ‘Distinct Anxiety Disorder’ in Epilepsy

Seizure phobia occurs in nearly one-third of people with epilepsy (PWE), but was mainly associated with variables not related to epilepsy, based on data from 69 adults. Anxiety and depression are known to affect quality of life in epilepsy patients, and previous studies have shown that anticipatory anxiety of epileptic seizures (AAS) was present in 53% of patients with focal epilepsy, […]

Understanding Social Cognition May Be Critical in Treating Epilepsy

Understanding Social Cognition May Be Critical in Treating Epilepsy

Identifying the nature and magnitude of social cognitive impairments in people with epilepsy has both theoretical and clinical implications, including the potential to inform guidelines for clinical assessment and psychosocial intervention. From AStudy By:  Maryam Ziaei, Charlotte Arnold, Kate Thompson, David Reutens Social Cognition in Temporal and Frontal Lobe Epilepsy: Systematic review, Meta-analysis, and Clinical Recommendations Why This Matters People with epilepsy demonstrate […]

‘No Justification’ for Suicide Warning on All Antiseizure Meds

‘No Justification’ for Suicide Warning on All Antiseizure Meds

There is currently no evidence that newer antiseizure medications increase the risk for suicide among patients with epilepsy, new research shows. “There appears to be no justification for the FDA [US Food and Drug Administration] to label every new antiseizure medication with a warning that it may increase risk of suicidality,” study investigator Michael R. Sperling, MD, professor of neurology, […]

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