Depression in children and adolescents with epilepsy

Sigita Plioplys*

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Depression in children and adolescents with epilepsy is a common but often unrecognized disorder. Both epilepsy and depression are characterized by a chronic course and poor long-term psychosocial outcome. The risk of suicide is even greater in depressed youth with epilepsy than in the general youth population. Educating parents about mood disorders may allow them to be more receptive to psychiatric treatment for their child or themselves. Epidemiological and clinical data on depression in children/adolescents with epilepsy are presented. Seizure-related and general risk factors for the development of depression in youth with epilepsy are reviewed. General guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of depression in children and adolescents are discussed. The early identification and treatment of childhood-onset depression is an important clinical task for all pediatric specialists. Safe and effective multimodal treatment approaches are available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S39-S45
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
StatePublished - Oct 2003


  • Adolescence
  • Childhood
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Psychopathology
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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