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Epilepsy and behaviour

Scheepers, M and Kerr, Michael Patrick 2004. Epilepsy and behaviour. Current Opinion in Psychiatry 17 (3) , pp. 203-207.

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Purpose of review The interconnection between behaviour and epilepsy has been recognized in psychiatric practice for over a century. Yet, despite this, comparatively little is known of its exact association with the epilepsies. This review highlights advances in knowledge, focusing on a broad definition of behaviour to include psychiatric pathology. Recent findings There is an expanding interest in the psychological impact of epilepsy, in particular that of affective disorder and its treatment - especially that of resective surgery. This is complemented by ongoing exploration of the psychopathology underpinning psychogenic nonepileptic attacks. Psychological treatments of epilepsy itself are coming under scrutiny and if they appear to work, this is through ameliorating psychiatric co-morbidity rather than by treating seizures. Summary Clinical practice should recognize that, with the possible exception of seizure freedom in postictal behavioural disturbance, epilepsy treatment alone is unlikely to treat the associated psychological and behavioural disturbance. Research continues to focus on assessing the correlates of epilepsy and psychopathology.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN: 0951-7367
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:38

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