Psychosocial Impact of Epilepsy

  • Thalia Valeta


Epilepsy is associated with significant neurobiological, cognitive, psychological, and social problems.

The psychosocial impact of epilepsy is multitude with numerous and often complex synergistically interacting medical, psychological, economic, educational, personal, and social repercussions. It depends on several factors: severity of epilepsy; neurological dysfunction; complexity of clinical management and side effects of antiepileptic drugs; family environment; perception of the disorder; restrictions in the activities; the level of health care and social support, and the extent of resources available to deal with the epilepsy. Recently, there are several well organized collaborative efforts to improve care and minimize the psychosocial impact of epilepsy.


Epilepsy psychopathology Newly diagnosed epilepsy Children with epilepsy Women with epilepsy Elderly with epilepsy Atlas of epilepsy Stigma 


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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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