Behavioral Aspects of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice / Edition 1

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The field of epilepsy and behavior has grown considerably in the past number of years, reflecting advances in the laboratory and clinic. Behavioral Aspects of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice is the definitive text on epilepsy behavioral issues, from basic science to clinical applications, for all neurologists, psychosocial specialists, and researchers in the fields of epilepsy, neuroscience, and psychology/psychiatry. Behavioral aspects of epilepsy include a patient's experiences during seizures, his or her reaction during and between seizures, the frequency of episodes and what can be determined from the number of seizures. With contributions by dozens of leading international experts, this is the only book to cover all aspects of this critical emerging. Adult and pediatric patients, animal models, and epilepsy surgery and its effects are all covered in detail. Behavioral Aspects of Epilepsy is the only source for up-to-date information on a topic that has significant and growing interest in the medical community. This comprehensive, authoritative text has a "bench to bedside" approach that covers: The mechanisms underlying epilepsy and behavior Neurophysiologic function Neuropsychiatric and behavioral disorders in patients with epilepsy The effects of treatments and surgery on behavior Pediatric and adolescent epilepsy Disorders associated with epilepsy that impact behavior And much more

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: As a neuropsychiatrist who commonly treats patients with the neurobehavioral consequences of epilepsy, I found that this outstanding book provided me with new conceptual insights, practical strategies in management, and an update on current scientific research findings. No longer is it sufficient to just control seizures. The neuropsychiatric complications and quality of life issues have equal if not greater importance. This book is a guide to understanding these issues. Written and edited by a lineup of internationally well known experts in epilepsy and behavior, this book belongs on the shelf of every clinician involved in the care of patients with epilepsy.
Purpose: The purpose is to review epilepsy-related behavioral problems and incorporate "the complementary findings and insights of behavioral scientists from allied fields such as neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, psychology, social science, and cognitive neuroscience." Indeed, the editors and chapter authors have produced an influential book for current and future clinicians.
Audience: The intended audience includes "all scientists interested in epilepsy and clinicians who treat children, adolescents and adults with epilepsy...."
Features: The first of the book's 10 sections addresses animal models with an interesting chapter on behavior seizure correlates by Heinrichs. Post presents his kindling model of mood disorders as well. Plasticity and neuronal regulation is discussed in the next section on underlying mechanisms. The clinical aspects of seizures and behavior are presented next with excellent reviews of post-ictal phenomena, reflex epilepsy, and behavioral precipitants. Cognitive functioning in patients with epilepsy is discussed in the section on neuropsychological function with an excellent review of memory impairment by Herman and Seidenberg. The neuropsychiatric complications are discussed next with chapters focusing on classification, mood disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, and frontal lobe behaviors. The effects of treatment of cognitive and mood is discussed in the following section. The surgical treatment of epilepsy is summarized in the next section with presurgical evaluation, outcomes, and the myth of silent cortex. Developmental neuropsychiatric aspects of epilepsy are discussed next. The next to last section contains a mix of topics including psychogenic epilepsy, treatment trials in nonepileptic seizures, autism, cortical malformations, ADHD, migraine, brain tumors, and sleep. The final section contains a historical overview and future prospects for the field. Each chapter ends with pertinent and timely citations of the scientific literature.
Assessment: This is an outstanding new book on the psychiatric complications of epilepsy. This will be the "Lishman" of the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy. It is essential reading for all those who care for patients with epilepsy. (Lishman, Organic Psychiatry: The Psychological Consequences of Cerebral Disorder, 3rd edition (Blackwell Publishing, 1998).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933864044
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 519
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothee G A Kasteleijn- Nolst Trenite is is Associate Professor, Medical Genetics, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands and has a Marie Curie Chair on Visual Sensitivity (FP6 European research program), Universita di Rome, Sapienza.

Steven C. Schachter, MD is Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School; Director of Research, Department of Neurology and Director of Research Subject Safety at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Boston; Associate Director of Clinical Research, Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School; and Director of NeuroTechnology for the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, Boston. He is second vice-president of the American Epilepsy Society.

Gregory L. Holmes, MD is Chair and Professor of Neurology, Dartmouth Medical School. / Doroth? e Kasteleijn-Nolst Trenit? , MD,MPH - Doroth? e G A Kasteleijn- Nolst Trenit? is is Associate Professor, Medical Genetics, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands and has a Marie Curie Chair on Visual Sensitivity (FP6 European research program), University Ç La Sapienza,Ç Rome.

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Table of Contents

Contents: Animal Models; Behavior-Seizure Correlates in Animal Models of Epilepsy; Influence of Environment and Social Factors in Animal Models of Epilepsy; Animal Models of Mood Disorders: Kindling as a Model of Affective Illness Progression; Cognitive and Affective Effects of Seizures: Immature Developing Animals; Cognitive and Behavioral Effects of Seizures: Adult Animals; Cognitive Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs; Mechanisms Underlying Epilepsy and Behavior; The Role of Sprouting and Plasticity in Epileptogenesis and Behavior; Regulation of Neuronal Excitability in the Amygdala and Disturbances in Emotional Behavior; Computer Stimulation of Epilepsy: Implications for Seizure Spread and Behavioral Dysfunction; Clinical Science; Neuroethology and Semiology of Seizures; Neuropsychologic Effects of Seizures; Seizures and Consciousness; Postictal Phenomena in Epilepsy; Behavioral Aspects of Non-Convulsive Status Epilepticus; Reflex Epilepsies; Behavioral Precipitants of Seizures; Behaviors Mimicking Seizures in Institutionalized Persons with Epilepsy; Neurophysiologic Function; Memory Impairment and Its Cognitive Context in Epilepsy; Cognition; Atypical Language Organization in Epilepsy; Interictal Perceptual Function; Neurophysiologic Aspects of Frontal Lobe Epilepsy; Social and Emotion Information Processing; Neuropsychiatric and Behavioral Disorders in Patients with Epilepsy; Classification of Neuropsychiatric Disorders in Epilepsy; Mood Disorders in Epilepsy: Two Different Disorders with Common Pathogenic Mechanisms?; Interictal Dysphoric Disorder; Epilepsy and Anxiety; Biting Behavior as a Model of Aggression Associated with Seizures; Psychosis and Forced Normalization; Conditioning Mechanisms, Behavior Technology; and Contextual Behavior Therapy; Personality Disorders and Epilepsy; Frontal Lobe Behavioral Disorders; Neurophysiologic Correlates of Psychiatric Disorders and Potential Applications in Epilepsy; Effects of Treatment on Mood and NeuroPsychologic Function in Adults; Cognition; Mood; Epilepsy Surgery; Presurgical Evaluation for Epilepsy Surgery; Neuropsychological Outcomes After Epilepsy Surgery in Children; Neuropsychologic Outcomes After Epilepsy Surgery in Adults; Psychiatric Outcomes After Epilepsy Surgery in Adults; Indicators of Psychologic Adjustment and Outcome After Epilepsy Surgery; The Myth of Silent Cortex and the Morbidity of Epileptogenic Tissue: Implications for Temporal Lobectomy; Pediatric and Adolescent Epilepsy; Behavioral Aspects of Pediatric Epilepsy Syndromes; Psychiatric Aspects of Epilepsy in Children; Behavioral and Psychiatric Effects of Patients with Multiple Disabilities; Family Factors and Psychopathology in Children with Epilepsy; Learning and Behavior: Neurocognitive Functions in Children; The Landau-Kleffner Syndrome and Epilepsy with Continuous Spike-Waves During Sleep; Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs on Psychiatric and Behavioral Comorbidities in Children and Adolescents; Social Competence; Academic Achievement; Psychosocial Intervention in Pediatric and Adolescent Epilepsy;Other Disorders Associated with Epilepsy That Impact Behavior, Mood, and Cognition; Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures: An Overview; Conducting Conclusion; Historical Perspectives and Future Opportunities. Treatment Trials for Psychological Nonepileptic Seizures; Cortical Malformations; Chromosomal Abnormalities; Autism; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Migraine in Children and Relation with Psychiatric and Sleep Disorders; Migraine in Adults; Brain Tumors in Children; Brain Tumors in Adults; Sleep; Conclusion; Historical Perspectives and Future Opportunities.
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