Comparison of personality characteristics on the bear-fedio inventory between patients with epilepsy and those with non-epileptic seizures

J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2012 Winter;24(1):47-52. doi: 10.1176/appi.neuropsych.11020039.


This study used the Bear-Fedio Personality Inventory (BFI) to compare 41 individuals with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and 37 with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (NES). Both groups exhibited similar elevations on the BFI, although TLE individuals show greater endorsement of at least one hypergraphia symptom, as compared with those with NES. The correlates of the BFI with demographic and seizure characteristics differed between the groups. These results argue against a specific TLE personality syndrome and suggest that personality characteristics may be related to the experience of having repeated seizures, rather than the specific underlying pathophysiology of temporal lobe epilepsy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electroencephalography
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / diagnosis
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Inventory*
  • Personality*
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / complications
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology
  • Seizures / complications
  • Seizures / diagnosis
  • Seizures / psychology*
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Videotape Recording