A Controlled Study of Mental Disorders Associated with Epilepsy

  • Joyce G. Small
  • Iver F. Small


It is well known that persons afflicted with epilepsy have a higher risk of mental illness than has the general population. There have been several studies of large numbers of cases which have demonstrated a high incidence of psychoses, personality deviations, and other mental disturbances in patients with convulsive disorders [1–5]. Further, it is often claimed that persons with epilepsy, particularly those with psychomotor attacks, have characteristic psychological attributes and typical mental disabilities, although such impressions are mostly based on experiences with selected cases [5–7]. Recently, there have been a few reports of controlled studies of psychiatric disorders in patients with psychomotor epilepsy. These investigations, in contrast to observations without controls, have failed to substantiate that there are specific mental aberrations which distinguish subjects with psychomotor epilepsy from persons with other kinds of seizures [3, 8–10].


Mental Deficiency Psychiatric Complication Affective Psychos Convulsive Disorder Functional Psychos 
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  • Joyce G. Small
  • Iver F. Small

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