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The association of epilepsy with psychiatric disorder, behaviour disturbance and carer stress [Abstract]

Matthews, T., Weston, N., Baxter, Helen Ann, Felce, David John and Kerr, Michael Patrick 2008. The association of epilepsy with psychiatric disorder, behaviour disturbance and carer stress [Abstract]. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 52 (8-9) , p. 725. 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01090.x

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To of adults with intellectual disabilities anddetermine the prevalence and features of epilepsy in a community- based population explore whether the presence of epilepsy was associated with greater psychopathology or carer strain. Methods: Data were collected on the age, gender, place of residence, adaptive and challenging behaviour, social abilities and psychiatric status of 318 adults from 40 general practices, together with the degree of malaise and strain of family carers. For participants with epilepsy, information on seizures, investigations, treatment and carer concerns were collected. Association between epilepsy and psychiatric morbidity, challenging behaviour and caregiver malaise or strain was explored. Results: Fifty-eight participants (18%) had epilepsy: 26% were seizure free but 34% had extremely poorly controlled seizures. Earlier onset and seizure frequency were associated with adaptive behaviour. Carer concerns were related to seizure frequency and a history of injury. There were no significant differences in psychopathology, carer malaise or caregiver strain between the matched epilepsy and non-epilepsy groups. Conclusions: While psychopathology and carer strain is common within this population, underlying disability-related factors appear to be more important than the presence of epilepsy per se.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Additional Information: Special Issue: People with Intellectual Disabilities: Citizens in the World Symposium: Epidemiology of mental Ill health
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 0964-2633
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 02:02

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