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On the psychopathology of unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy.
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PMID:  15652733     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Personality adjustment of patients with unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) was investigated in the light of special characteristics of the epilepsy process, psychosocial stressors, and the cognitive status of the patients. Thirty-seven patients with medically intractable unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy (16-55 years of age; 20 right temporal and 17 left temporal foci) were examined with standardized personality inventories (FPI, STAI, IPC, TSK) supplemented by a rating scale evaluated by the neuropsychologist (GEWLE). Patients with left temporal lobe epilepsy were characterized by increased emotional dependency, less externally judged composedness, increased depressive drive and mood, increased nervousness, increased search for information and exchange of disease experience, and greater tendency to persevere (P < 0.05). Cognitive status and psychosocial status did not significantly differ. The evaluation of personality adjustment contributes to the lateralization of the epileptogenic focus and reveals interesting patterns in the preoperative diagnostic puzzle, and in addition provides a strategy to individualize psychotherapeutic strategies.
B Feddersen; R Herzer; U Hartmann; M R Gaab; U Runge
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsy & behavior : E&B     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1525-5050     ISO Abbreviation:  Epilepsy Behav     Publication Date:  2005 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-17     Completed Date:  2005-04-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100892858     Medline TA:  Epilepsy Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Jeune équipe 2413, Contrôle des réseaux synchrones épileptiques, University of Grenoble, France.
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / physiopathology*,  psychology*
Functional Laterality / physiology*
Neuropsychological Tests / statistics & numerical data
Personality Disorders / physiopathology,  psychology
Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
Psychological Tests
Psychopathology / methods*

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