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The Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsy

The Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsy

by Michael Trimble, Bettina Schmitz


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The Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsy

The International League Against Epilepsy established a commission on psychobiology in 1997 to investigate the interface between epilepsy and behavior disorders from a biological and social perspective. One of the outcomes has been this collection of studies on a spectrum of clinical topics. They bypass some of the well researched and established areas in order to focus on some that have received less attention, such as learning disability, cognitive decline, dissociative attacks, and vagus nerve stimulation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521005166
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Professor Trimble has been at the forefront of the developing field of neuropsychiatry for over 20 years. His special interest is in seizure disorders and he runs a research unit devoted to neuropsychiatry and behavioural neurology. Dob 20.5.46.

Bettina Schmitz is Senior Registrar and Head of the Epilepsy Research Group in the Department of Neurology at the Charité, Virchow-Klinikum, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. She qualified in medicine from the Free University in Berlin in 1986, and worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Neurology in Queen Square, London, before returning to Berlin in 1992 to take up a post as registrar in the Department of Psychiatry at the Free University. She qualified in psychiatry, psychotherapy and neurology. She completed her MD in 1989, her PhD in 1997. Dr Schmitz' research has focused on epilepsy. In 1991, while in London, she carried out grant aided research on the neuropsychiatric differentiation of frontal epilepsies. Dr Schmitz has written a number of papers and books on epilepsy, and regularly presents at national and international conferences on the subject. DOB 12.05.1960

Table of Contents

Part I. Background: 1. Introduction M. Trimble and B. Schmitz; 2. Classification Ennapadam S. Krishnamoorthy; 3. Limbic connectivity: anatomical substrates of behavioural disturbances in epilepsy J. Engel Jr, C. Wilson and F. Lopez-Rodriquez; Part II. Clinical Aspects: 4. The psychiatry of idiopathic generalized epilepsy Dieter Janz; 5. Epilepsy and learning disorders Cesare Maria Cornaggia and Giuseppe Gobbi; 6. Subtle cognitive and behavioural effects of epilepsy Frank M. C. Besag; 7. Aggression and epilepsy L. Tebartz van Elst; 8. Epilepsy and suicide Dietrich Blumer; 9. Post-ictal psychoses revived Kousuke Kanemoto; Part III. Cognitive Aspects: 10. Dementia and epilepsy Stephen W. Brown; 11. The risk of cognitive decline in patients with refractory temporal lobe epilepsy Hennric Jokeit and Alois Ebner; 12. Behavioural and neuropsychological aspects of frontal lobe epilepsy Christoph Helmstaedter; Part IV. Non Epileptic Attacks: 13. Seizures, epilepsy and dissociation Richard J. Brown; 14. Psychobiology of psychogenic pseudoseizures J. Chris Sackellares; 15. Epilepsy and panic disorder Howard A. Ring and Nuri Gene-Cos; Part V. Treatment Complications: 16. The effects of antiepileptic drugs on behaviour Bettina Schmitz; 17. Antiepileptic drug treatment and epileptic seizures: effects on cognitive function Albert P. Aldenkamp; 18. Psychiatric effects of surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy Steffi Koch-Stoecker; 19. Vagus nerve stimulation and mood Christian E. Elger and Christian Hoppe; Part VI. Treatment: 20. On the use of psychotropic drugs in patients with seizure disorder M. R. Trimble and A. Hensiek; 21. The role of psychotherapy in the treatment of epilepsies Martin Schöndienst; 22. Choosing measures to assess quality of life (QQL) in epilepsy Caroline E. Selai, Katja Elstner and M. R. Trimble; Index.

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