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Epilepsia. 1993 Sep-Oct;34(5):841-5.

Self-help epilepsy groups: an evaluation of effect on depression and schizophrenia.

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Epilepsy Center, Ramos Mejía Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


The general prevalence of depression and schizophrenia was determined in a random outpatient population (n = 67) of refractory epileptic patients by Minnesota Multiphasic Personality inventory (MMPI) and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Of those patients 25% showed scores of moderate or severe depression. Self-help group intervention modifies significantly (p < 0.001) general mean depression rates, especially dystimia. Male and female differences emerged in our study for previous prevalence and pattern of recovery.

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