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.
Reviewed by: Joseph I. Sirven, MD | Patricia O. Shafer, RN, MN on 8/2013