Social functions and socioeconomic vulnerability in epilepsy

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Social functions are commonly impaired in people with epilepsy who are at increased risk of experiencing altered social cognition, communication problems, and interpersonal difficulties. Several factors are implicated, including developmental delay, seizure-related factors, somatic and psychiatric comorbidities, antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), and - not least - the effects of stigma. The variable interaction of all these factors can explain the differing pictures observed in the various epilepsy phenotypes but is also a source of interindividual variability depending on the strength of the effects of each factor on social cognition. This article is part of the Special Issue "Epilepsy and social cognition across the lifespan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106363
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue numberPt B
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


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