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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2003 Jul;12(3):551-65.

Psychiatric issues of childhood seizure disorders.

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Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, 230 South Frontage Road, New Haven, CT 06510, USA.


Children who suffer from childhood seizure disorders, especially epilepsy, have various potential psychiatric issues and concerns that the treating physician and psychiatric consultant should consider. These children are at increased risk of adjustment reactions, anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, learning difficulties, and familial and social stress. Because of potential risks and vulnerabilities for the development of comorbid psychiatric conditions and the increased risk for individual, familial, and social impairment, a psychiatric consultation to children and families dealing with epilepsy may play an important role in the successful management of this complex disorder.

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