The Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsy / Edition 2

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Research into the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy has become a central focus of interest in the last five years. Comorbidity of epilepsy with behavioral problems is now recognized widely, and the neuroscientific basis for such comorbidity is an active area of investigation. With an expanded international team of authors, this fully revised new edition builds on the strengths of its predecessor, examining in detail the subtleties of behavioral changes in patients with seizure disorders and offering both a diagnostic and a management perspective. New chapters cover genetic disorders, the effects of epilepsy on social behavior as viewed through theory of mind, a discussion of the precuneus, the importance and nature of peri-ictal psychiatric symptoms, depression and the interictal dysphoric disorder, and the relationship between antiepileptic drugs and suicide. This new edition is a must for anyone involved in diagnosing or managing epilepsy.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Review of the first edition: 'I find [this book] a valuable resource and reference book on a topic for which there are few sources of similarly well-organized, up-to-date information and recommend it.' Annals of Neurology

Review of the first edition: 'Extremely well written and edited, the production of the book is well above average. Congratulations to the editors and the authors for providing a state-of-the-art picture of a complex topic like epilepsy. This book should be on the bookshelf of every clinician whether they deal directly with epilepsy or not.' International Review of Psychiatry

Review of the first edition: 'The editors did an excellent job in putting together such a broad and complex topic for clinicians treating epilepsy patients … a must for all neurologists, psychiatrists, and neuropsychiatrists involved in treating epileptic patients and their behavioral disorders.' Doody's Electronic Journal

Review of the first edition: '… the book is highly informative on a variety of areas … In my office, I have three shelves above my desk. The lowest shelf contains books that I access regularly when a clinical question arises. This book will sit on that shelf.' British Journal of Psychiatry

'… significantly updated … and addresses many new topics … an excellent resource … The second edition is even better than the first, and should be required reading for all neurologists and psychiatrists.' Doody's Notes

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an outstanding second edition of this highly acclaimed book on the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy. The notion that epilepsy and psychopathology have been intimately intertwined goes back centuries. Psychiatrists use antiepileptic medications to treat psychopathology. Inducing seizures as a treatment modality began with Meduna's use of proconvulsive agents and continues today with electroconvulsive therapy, which is still the most effective treatment in psychiatry. In addition, as this book focuses on, patients with epilepsy can develop psychopathology from the overlapping brain damage that leads to seizures, from the effects of epilepsy itself, and from antiepileptic medications. This book, which represents the current state of knowledge of neuropsychiatry of epilepsy, is written and edited by internationally recognized leaders in the field and remains the standard reference on this topic.
Purpose: This book is intended, as stated by the editors, "to enliven the debates surrounding the links between epilepsy and psychiatry," and to alert readers "to the rich possibilities and important clinical implications of the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy."
Audience: The target audience includes medical students, psychiatry and neurology residents, and any professionals who treat patients with epilepsy. Neuropsychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, and behavioral neurologists need to be familiar with the information contained in this exceptional update.
Features: The book is significantly updated with cognitive neuroscience research and addresses many new topics. The chapters cover diagnosis and classification, intellectual disability associated with genetic disorders, the relationship between autistic disorder and epilepsy, subtle cognitive and behavioral effects of epilepsy, dementia and epilepsy, postictal psychopathology, interictal psychopathology, neurobehavioral aspects of frontal and temporal lobe epilepsy, theory of mind, nonepileptic seizures, cognitive/behavioral side effects of antiepileptic medications, antiepileptic medications and suicide, cognitive disorders and antiepileptic medications, psychotropic medication use, epilepsy surgery and psychiatric effects, and brain mechanisms involved in impaired consciousness in epilepsy. This is a scholarly text with pertinent and timely citations of the scientific literature. The index was particularly helpful since I would use this book more as a reference as opposed to reading it cover to cover.
Assessment: The chapter authors and editors have again produced an excellent resource for understanding the relationship between psychiatry and epilepsy. The second edition is even better than the first, and should be required reading for all neurologists and psychiatrists.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521154697
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/9/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael R. Trimble is Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, UK.

Bettina Schmitz is Head of the Department of Neurology, the Stroke Unit and Epilepsy Center, Vivantes Humboldt-Klinikum, Berlin, Germany, and Professor of Neurology at the Charité University Hospital, Berlin.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction Michael R. Trimble and Bettina Schmitz; 2. Neuropsychiatric disorders in epilepsy – epidemiology and classification Dale C. Hesdorffer and E. S. Krishnamoorthy; 3. Genetic disorders associated with intellectual disability Mike Kerr and Penny Blake; 4. Epilepsy and autistic spectrum disorders Thierry Deonna and Eliane Roulet-Perez; 5. Subtle cognitive and behavioral effects of epilepsy Frank M. C. Besag; 6. Dementia and epilepsy Bernd Pohlmann-Eden and Marie-Aline Eden; 7. Peri-ictal psychiatric phenomena Andres M. Kanner; 8. Postictal psychoses, established facts and new clinical questions Kousuke Kanemoto; 9. The interictal dysphoric disorder Marco Mula; 10. Behavioral and neuropsychological aspects of frontal and temporal lobe epilepsy Christoph Helmstaedter and Juri-Alexander Witt; 11. Emotional agnosis and theory of mind Sarah D. Broicher and Hennric Jokeit; 12. Nonepileptic seizures Tanvir U. Syed and W. Curt LaFrance, Jr; 13. The effects of antiepileptic drugs on behaviour Bettina Schmitz; 14. Antiepileptic drugs and suicide Michael R. Trimble; 15. Antiepileptic drugs and cognitive disorders Albert P. Aldenkamp; 16. Psychiatric illness and psychotropic medication use in epilepsy Jane V. Perr and Alan Ettinger; 17. Psychiatric effects of surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy Steffi Koch-Stoecker; 18. Brain mechanisms of impaired consciousness in epilepsy Andrea Eugenio Cavanna and Fizzah Ali; Index.
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