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The psychosocial impact of epilepsy in adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19318133     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although defined by the presence of recurrent seizures, epilepsy can be so much more and can include a very wide range of difficulties in cognition, psychiatric status, and social adaptive functioning. These psychosocial complications of epilepsy have a long history, generating calls for action by national commissions, public health agencies, and special action groups which are briefly summarized here. Next, a brief overview of the prevalence of psychosocial complications of epilepsy in population-based and other representative is presented. Finally, with a focus on the onset and development of psychosocial difficulties, the following points are stressed: (1) neurobiological factors likely contribute to psychosocial problems in a major way, but currently this contribution is poorly understood, and (2) although neurobiological factors may prove important, they operate in a social setting, and therefore, a full accounting of the etiology, treatment, and prevention of psychosocial problems in epilepsy will require an integrated biopsychosocial model and life span perspective.
Bruce Hermann; Ann Jacoby
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-04-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsy & behavior : E&B     Volume:  15 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1525-5069     ISO Abbreviation:  Epilepsy Behav     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-03     Completed Date:  2009-08-19     Revised Date:  2013-06-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100892858     Medline TA:  Epilepsy Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S11-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Epilepsy / complications,  epidemiology*,  psychology*
Quality of Life
Severity of Illness Index
Social Change*
Stress, Psychological / etiology
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