Psychiatric comorbidities in epilepsy

Int Rev Neurobiol. 2008;83:347-83. doi: 10.1016/S0074-7742(08)00020-2.


Psychiatric disorders can be identified in 25-50% of patients with epilepsy, with higher prevalence among patients with poorly controlled seizures. These disturbances include depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, cognitive, and personality changes occurring in the interictal or ictal/postictal states. In this chapter, we describe four areas of focus in women with epilepsy: comorbid primary psychiatric processes, integrated symptoms secondary to epilepsy, stigma and psychosocial consequences of epilepsy, and nonepileptic seizures.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Comorbidity
  • Epilepsy / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Psychotic Disorders / epidemiology*