Psychosocial difficulties in people with epilepsy: A systematic review of literature from 2005 until 2010

Rui Quintas, Alberto Raggi, Ambra M. Giovannetti, Marco Pagani, Carla Sabariego, Alarcos Cieza, Matilde Leonardi

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Abstract

The aims of this paper are to identify factors that influence the psychosocial difficulties (PSDs) that persons with epilepsy experience in their everyday life, to describe their onset and the way they evolve over time, and to analyze the determinants of changes over time and other related variables. Electronic databases were searched for studies published in English between January 2005 and May 2010, and information from thirteen studies was extracted. The most frequent PSDs found in people with epilepsy were depressive symptoms, memory functions, quality of life, anxiety, stigma, locus of control, cognitive functions in general, and emotional functions in general. It can be stated that patients' life areas are affected by cognitive, emotional, and psychological problems. However, the majority of studies focus on isolated PSDs or on the effects of a specific determinant in the course of epilepsy, leaving some gaps that could encourage further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-67
Number of pages8
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Determinants
  • Epilepsy
  • Paradise project
  • Psychosocial difficulties (PSD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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