Translated title of the contribution: Adolescent epilepsy and depression

L. Saccomani, E. Cordella, M. Cirrincione, M. Savoini, A. Matricardi, F. Giovannoni, E. Zanotto

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The AA studied 43 pts (18 M, 25 F, mean 12.7 years) with epilepsy and depression. The generalized epilepsies (58%) are prevalent: also in pts with partial epilepsies TCGS are present in 72%. Some neuroclinical factors do not appear significant in the pathogenesis of dysthymia: seizures frequency, drug plasma levels, interictal EEG. The psychogenic factors are more important: mild defects/disharmony in the cognitive competences, which leads to learning disorders and frustrations at school; inadequate familiar pedagogic attitudes (hyperprotective/restrictive, exigent/depreciating, poor in stimuli); anxiogenic description of TCGS to the pts. The most frequent semeiologic aspects of the depression appear: descent of mood, abnormal anxious reactivity, loss of self-esteem, passivity, learning disorders. The prevalent duration of depression is from 3 to 6 months. Short-term (67%) and middle-term psychotherapy (33%) have been performed. Sometimes anxiolitic drugs have been administered.

Translated title of the contributionAdolescent epilepsy and depression
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationBollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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