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
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
on: 
Thursday, August 22, 2013