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Spirituality aspects in patients with epilepsy.
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PMID:  24094727     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Do epilepsy and spirituality interact? This study aimed to determine whether an easy-to-administer scale, such as the spirituality self-rating scale (SSRS), could detect increased religiousness in people with epilepsy and verify how epilepsy influences spirituality.
METHODS: A total of 196 consecutive patients with epilepsy (epilepsy group, EG) with a mean age and standard deviation of 46.5 ± 14.8 years and 66 subjects with no history of neurological or other chronic disorders (control group, CG) were assessed by the SSRS and neurologically.
RESULTS: The SSRS scores of the EG and CG did not differ significantly (22.8 ± 5.1 and 22.0 ± 5.7, respectively). Patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis (MTLE-HS) had significantly higher SSRS scores than those with other epileptic syndromes and, than in individuals of the CG. Multiple regression showed that the factors significantly associated with greater spirituality (greater SSRS score) for the EG, were lower education level, abnormal background EEG activity, and MTLE-HS. Other relationships with the clinical features of epilepsy and with the presence of psychiatric co-morbidity were not found.
CONCLUSION: The present findings do not confirm a specific role of epilepsy in spirituality or of "epileptic hyperreligiosity," but suggest that spirituality in people with epilepsy is influenced by education level, and may also stem from epilepsy-related factors such as abnormal background EEG activity and the presence of MTLE-HS.
Glória Maria Almeida Souza Tedrus; Lineu Corrêa Fonseca; Gabriela Chaves Höehr
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-09-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seizure     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1532-2688     ISO Abbreviation:  Seizure     Publication Date:  2014 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-12-23     Completed Date:  2014-08-24     Revised Date:  2014-10-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9306979     Medline TA:  Seizure     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2013 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Electroencephalography / methods,  psychology
Epilepsy / diagnosis,  physiopathology*,  psychology*
Middle Aged
Sclerosis / diagnosis,  physiopathology,  psychology
Self Report*

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