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It is not harmful for patients with epilepsy to view their own seizures.
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PMID:  7588459     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Having a seizure in public is a concern to people with epilepsy and can represent a barrier to psychosocial adjustment. Seeing his or her own seizures might help the patient deal with seizures more realistically, but also could be emotionally detrimental. We therefore showed patients videos of their own seizures before their discharge from our inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit. One of the investigators was present to answer questions. The Spielberger State Trait Anxiety Scale (SSTAS) was administered before and after viewing and 1 month later together with a questionnaire related to the patients' feelings and attitudes about viewing their own seizures. Results using one-way repeated-measures multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) showed no differences for the items in the pre- and posttest questionnaire. For the SSTAS, no significant differences were detected among the pretest and the two posttests by one-way repeated ANOVA (p = 0.10). These results suggest that it is not harmful to view one's own seizures in a controlled setting.
P T Sanders; M A Bare; R P Lesser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsia     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0013-9580     ISO Abbreviation:  Epilepsia     Publication Date:  1995 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-11-30     Completed Date:  1995-11-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2983306R     Medline TA:  Epilepsia     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1138-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Health
Epilepsy / psychology*
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Risk Factors
Self Concept
Social Adjustment
Videotape Recording

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