Neurobehavioral disorders can profoundly affect the lives of people with epilepsy.

  • In general, the more frequent and more severe the seizures, the more likely that neurobehavioral disorders will develop.
  • These disorders should be actively considered in evaluating patients with epilepsy - both at the first visit and follow-up.
  • Many of these disorders such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis can be treated with medications.
  • These and other disorders may also respond to behavioral and other nonpharmacologic therapies.
  • Identification and treatment of cognitive and behavioral disorders can lead to significant improvements in quality of life.

Reproduced and adapted with permission from Orrin Devinsky, M.D. and Epilepsia.

Authored by: Orrin Devinsky, MD | Steven C. Schachter, MD | Joseph I. Sirven, MD
Reviewed by: Joseph I. Sirven, MD | Patricia O. Shafer, RN, MN on 8/2013