Behavior Control of Seizure Disorders

  • David I. Mostofsky
  • Martin Y. Iguchi


Epilepsy (or, more accurately, “the epilepsies”) is not a disease. It is a multifactoral disorder in which seizures—electrical and clinical—are the most dramatic manifest symptom and the most destructive to personal functioning. The medical management of a person with epilepsy requires a comprehensive program that considers electroencephalogram (EEG) data, underlying organic lesions or pathology, tolerance and effectiveness of anticonvulsant medication, adjunctive behavior therapeutics, and social and personal habilitation. Admittedly, if the seizure problem could be eliminated, the remaining problems involved with epilepsy would be trivial, at most. But the goal is decidedly not to treat the EEG and not to control seizures at all costs (even if such a possibility were always pres ent). Behavioral medicine offers a perspective that permits the design of multifactoral interventions to meet the diverse challenges presented by the patient with epilepsy. This chapter will restrict its focus to adjunctive treatment tactics that do not require nutritional, pharmacological, or surgical procedures. The epileptology literature is vast, and the interested reader is well advised to consult this body of knowledge for a broader and more detailed appreciation of the historical, medical, and psychosocial aspects of this topic.


Behavioral Medicine Behavior Control Seizure Disorder Clinical Neurophysiology Sleep Spindle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David I. Mostofsky
    • 1
  • Martin Y. Iguchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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