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Neurology. 1982 Jan;32(1):7-11.

Interictal psychopathology in patients with ictal fear: a quantitative investigation.


We assessed the hypothesis that psychopathology is overrepresented in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) who experience ictal fear. Eleven such patients were matched with two control groups: patients who had TLE without ictal fear and patients who had generalized epilepsy. On several MMPI scales, the TLE-ictal fear group scored significantly higher than the two control groups, which did not differ significantly from each other. Furthermore, the TLE-ictal fear group had more MMPI clinical scales that were pathologically elevated, had significantly more patients with histories of admission to psychiatric hospitals, and had more MMPI profiles that were psychotic than either of the control groups.

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