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The psychosocial impact of epilepsy in older people

Tebartz van Elst, Ludger, Baker, Gus and Kerr, Michael Patrick 2009. The psychosocial impact of epilepsy in older people. Epilepsy & Behavior 15 (2) , S17-S19. 10.1016/j.yebeh.2009.03.015

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Given a prevalence of 0.5–1%, the epilepsies belong to the most common of neuropsychiatric diseases. Many clinicians think of the epilepsies as an entity beginning in early in life. However, the peak incidence of epilepsy in the developed world is now in the age group beyond 60 years. This population has thus an increasing importance; and in this paper we review and summarize the specific aspects of the clinical presentation, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of older-age patients with epilepsy. In particular, we focus on the specific psychosocial impact that epilepsy has on the life of older people and their carers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Older people; Epilepsy; Depression; Stroke; Psychosocial impact
Additional Information: Supplement 1. The psychosocial burden of epilepsy — ameliorating the impact
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1525-5050
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:44

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