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Epilepsia. 2013 Mar;54 Suppl 1:41-5. doi: 10.1111/epi.12104.

Treatment issues for personality disorders in epilepsy.

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  • 1National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom.


This article supports a view that certain personality disturbances in epilepsy should be viewed as associated with the cerebral abnormalities that also lead to seizures. Herein I discuss two main variants: that related to temporal lobe epilepsy and that associated with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. In view of its controversial nature, I also comment on the link between aggression and epilepsy. Recommendations for treatment include psychological and social therapies with further advice about the use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and psychotropic medications in these conditions.

Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2013 International League Against Epilepsy.

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