Symptoms of depression and anxiety in pediatric epilepsy patients

Epilepsia. 1998 Jun;39(6):595-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1998.tb01427.x.


Purpose: We assessed rates of symptoms of anxiety and depression among pediatric patients with epilepsy.

Methods: We administered the Revised Child Manifest Anxiety Scale (RCMAS), and Child Depression Inventory (CDI) to 44 epilepsy patients aged 7-18 years (mean age 12.4 years). Demographic, socioeconomic, and epilepsy-related information was examined in relation to depression and anxiety scores.

Results: No patients had been previously identified to have depression or anxiety. However, 26% had significantly increased depression scores and 16% met criteria for significant anxiety symptomatology.

Conclusions: Symptoms of depression and anxiety are common among pediatric patients with epilepsy and appear to be overlooked by care providers.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Child
  • Comorbidity
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Epilepsy / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • New York / epidemiology
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
  • Prevalence
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Factors