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Comorbidities in Epilepsy

  • Thalia Valeta
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Abstract

Comorbidities are additional to epilepsy health and psychosocial problems in a person with epilepsy. Many general medical, neurological and psychosocial disorders occur more frequently in people with epilepsy in comparison to healthy population. Psychiatric (depression, anxiety), cognitive and psychosocial comorbidities prevail. The high rate of comorbidities in epilepsy is mainly attributed to the effects of recurrent seizures, multiple medications, and adverse social reactions to epilepsy such as stigma. Comorbidities in epilepsy often require a multidisciplinary approach to management. Psychological therapies for patients and families are often needed.

Keywords

Depression Anxiety Cognitive impairment Stigma Psychosocial Prevention Early identification Treatment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thalia Valeta
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.First Neurology and Psychiatry ClinicUniversity of Athens, Aeginition HospitalAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and EpilepsiesSt. Thomas’ HospitalLondonUK

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