Self-help epilepsy groups: an evaluation of effect on depression and schizophrenia

Epilepsia. Sep-Oct 1993;34(5):841-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1993.tb02100.x.

Abstract

The general prevalence of depression and schizophrenia was determined in a random outpatient population (n = 67) of refractory epileptic patients by Minnesota Multiphasic Personality inventory (MMPI) and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Of those patients 25% showed scores of moderate or severe depression. Self-help group intervention modifies significantly (p < 0.001) general mean depression rates, especially dystimia. Male and female differences emerged in our study for previous prevalence and pattern of recovery.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Depressive Disorder / complications
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Depressive Disorder / prevention & control
  • Epilepsy / complications
  • Epilepsy / psychology
  • Epilepsy / rehabilitation*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • MMPI
  • Male
  • Personality Inventory
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sampling Studies
  • Schizophrenia / complications
  • Schizophrenia / epidemiology*
  • Schizophrenia / prevention & control
  • Self-Help Groups* / standards
  • Sex Factors