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This edited reference addresses controversial clinical issues of the psychiatric aspects of epilepsy. The book explores the reasons behind the poor communication between psychiatrists and neurologists and suggests potential remedies to this important problem, and two chapters are devoted to examining whether psychiatrists and neurologists are properly trained to recognize and treat conditions that both disciplines commonly encounter in clinical practice. Identification of the causes behind the high rate of comorbidity between epilepsy and mood, anxiety, psychotic and attention deficit disorders is given high priority in the volume, and a specific review of the evidence of common pathogenic mechanisms that may be operant in epilepsy and these psychiatric disorders is included. Recently identified bidirectional relationship between mood disorders and epilepsy and its implication in the course and response to treatment of the seizure disorder are also explored. Several chapters are devoted to rectify common misunderstandings of the use of psychotropic drugs in patients with epilepsy, including the use of antidepressant and central nervous system stimulants. Finally, one chapter explores the possibility of organic causes of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.

• Compiles into one source the important controversial issues of the psychiatric aspects of epilepsy, which have significant implications in clinical practice
• Authors are internationally recognized authorities in the field of psychiatric aspects of epilepsy

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"...this book would be a valuable addition to thelibraries of all physicians treating patients with epilepsy. It neatly summarizes the available research on many difficult neuropsychiatric topics and prods the reader to consider whether the improved patient care that results from answering controversial questions is a more vital issue than simpel inter-professional collaboration."—Psychosomatics (April 1, 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123740069
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 7/10/2008
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders in Patients with Epilepsy: What We Think We Know and What We Know Jose F. Tellez-Zenteno Tellez-Zenteno, Jose F. Samuel Wiebe Wiebe, Samuel 1

2 Why Do Neurologists and Psychiatrists Not Talk to Each Other? Andres M. Kanner Kanner, Andres M. John Barry Barry, John 19

3 Are Neurologists Trained to Recognize and Treat the Psychiatric Comorbidities of Epilepsy? Linda M. Selwa Selwa, Linda M. 33

4 The Challenge of Teaching Psychiatric Residents About Psychopathology in Patients with Epilepsy Sigita Plioplys Plioplys, Sigita MaryBeth Lake Lake, MaryBeth 43

5 What Do We Know About Mood Disorders in Epilepsy? Marco Mula Mula, Marco Michael R. Trimble Trimble, Michael R. 49

6 Is Depression in Epilepsy the Expression of a Neurological Disorder? Sean T. Hwang Hwang, Sean T. Frank G. Gilliam Gilliam, Frank G. 67

7 Are Anxiety and Depression Two Sides of the Same Coin? Jana E. Jones Jones, Jana E. 89

8 Does Psychosis of Epilepsy Differ from Primary Psychotic Disorders? Kousuke Kanemoto Kanemoto, Kousuke Yukari Tadokoro Tadokoro, Yukari Tomohiro Oshima Oshima, Tomohiro 111

9 Are the Psychoses of Epilepsy a Neurological Disease? E. S. Krishnamoorthy Krishnamoorthy, E. S. R. Seethalakshmi Seethalakshmi, R. 129

10 Is ADHD in Epilepsy the Expression of a Neurological Disorder? David W. Dunn Dunn, David W. William G. Kronenberger Kronenberger, William G. 141

11 Are Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures an Expression of "Neurologic" Pathology? Markus Reuber Reuber, Markus 153

12 Are Psychiatric Disorders a Risk for the Development of Neurological Disorders? Andres M. Kanner Kanner, Andres M. 179

13 Do Peri-ictal Psychiatric Symptoms Account forthe Differences between Depressive Disorders in Patients with and without Epilepsy? Andres M. Kanner Kanner, Andres M. 201

14 Can Psychological Testing Replace Psychiatric Evaluations in Patients with Epilepsy? Or Can Psychiatric Evaluations Replace Psychological Testing in Patients with Epilepsy? David W. Loring Loring, David W. Bruce P. Hermann Hermann, Bruce P. 211

15 Should the Screening for Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit - Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disorders Be Part of Neurological Evaluations of All Patients with Epilepsy? Marlis Frey Frey, Marlis 221

16 Should a Psychiatric Evaluation Be Included in Every Pre-surgical Work-up? Andres M. Kanner Kanner, Andres M. 239

17 Do Antidepressants Improve or Worsen Seizures in Patients with Epilepsy? Kenneth Alper Alper, Kenneth 255

18 Do Central Nervous System Stimulants Lower Seizure Threshold? Raj D. Sheth Sheth, Raj D. Edgar A. Samaniego Samaniego, Edgar A. 269

19 The Psychotropic Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Epilepsy Eric J. Foltz Foltz, Eric J. David M. Labiner Labiner, David M. 283

20 Do Psychological Therapies Alleviate Epileptic Seizures? G. A. Baker Baker, G. A. J. Eatock Eatock, J. 297

Index 319

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