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Int Rev Neurobiol. 2008;83:347-83. doi: 10.1016/S0074-7742(08)00020-2.

Psychiatric comorbidities in epilepsy.

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  • 1Brown Medical School, Rhode Island Hospital, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, USA.


Psychiatric disorders can be identified in 25-50% of patients with epilepsy, with higher prevalence among patients with poorly controlled seizures. These disturbances include depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, cognitive, and personality changes occurring in the interictal or ictal/postictal states. In this chapter, we describe four areas of focus in women with epilepsy: comorbid primary psychiatric processes, integrated symptoms secondary to epilepsy, stigma and psychosocial consequences of epilepsy, and nonepileptic seizures.

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