Clinic-friendly screening for cognitive and mental health problems in school-aged youth with epilepsy

Miya R. Asato*, Julia L. Doss, Sigita Plioplys

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Cognitive, psychiatric, psychosocial, and behavioral difficulties are common in youth with epilepsy. Collectively, these comorbidities can be referred to as mental health problems as they reflect brain and behavioral function. Detection and treatment of mental health problems remain an unmet need in epilepsy care that can impact epilepsy, psychosocial, scholastic, and quality-of-life outcomes. Given limited resources in everyday pediatric epilepsy practice, this targeted review provides a stratified plan and suggested tools for screening school-aged youth with epilepsy for the presence of mental health problems. Comanagement of epilepsy and associated comorbidities is a newer concept that may help address the complex, long-term needs of patients by using a multidisciplinary team approach and by engaging primary care providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-102
Number of pages6
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume48
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Children
  • Comorbidity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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