Psychological Treatments for Epilepsy
Various types of psychological treatments (psychotherapy) have been applied in epilepsy with the aim of alleviating psychiatric comorbidities, reducing seizures or both. Seizure-precipitants can be modified appropriately to reduce seizures. The type of psychotherapy used will depend on your personal needs and which method your psychotherapist thinks will be most helpful for resolving your issues. Although all types of psychotherapy can be effective, you may find one approach more appealing than another, or find that some approaches are better for a certain area of counselling or psychotherapy than others. Psychobehavioural therapies are most extensively applied in epilepsy. They include cognitive behavioural therapy, behavioural and mind-body approaches Cognitive behavioural play therapy. The Arts therapies (music therapy, dramatherapy, movement therapy and art therapy) are psychotherapies using the arts as a medium for expression of feelings that are not accessible by other means. Metamyth©/Dramatherapy is an innovative approach to Dramatherapy which is used as a psychological treatment for people who have epilepsy as well as for any psychiatric disorders.
KeywordsPsychotherapy Psychobehavioural therapies Cognitive behavioural therapy Psychodynamic psychoanalytic psychotherapy Psychoanalytic psychotherapy Mind-body therapy Arts therapies Music therapy Metamyth©/Dramatherapy
- 5.Valeta T. The potential of dramatherapy in the treatment of epilepsy. MA thesis, University of Derby; 2009.Google Scholar
- 6.Valeta T. ‘Metamyth’© and Dramatherapy: an innovative approach for people with epilepsy. In: Schrader C, editor. Ritual theatre. The power of dramatic ritual in personal development groups and clinical practice. London: Jessica Kingsley; 2012. p. 275–90.Google Scholar
- 10.Valeta T. Psychological aspects, parental reactions and needs in idiopathic focal epilepsies. Epileptic Disord. 2016;18:19–22.Google Scholar
- 12.Valeta T, Sogawa Y, Moshe SL. Impact of focal seizures on patients and family. In: Panayiotopoulos CP, Benbadis S, Sisodiya S, editors. Focal epilepsies: seizures, syndromes and management, vol. 5. Oxford: Medicinae; 2008. p. 230–8.Google Scholar