Relationship between depression and intractability of seizures

H. Attarian*, Vahle J. Carter, E. Hykes, F. Gilliam

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Abstract

Patients with epilepsy have a higher prevalence of depressive disorders than the general population, but the relationship between seizure rates and depression has not been adequately studied. We used the Beck Depression Inventory to evaluate depressive symptoms in 143 consecutive epilepsy patients from outpatient clinics. Patients who were seizure free more than 6 months were considered not intractable. Thirty-six percent were neither intractable nor depressed, 43% had intractable epilepsy and were not depressed, 10% had intractable epilepsy and were depressed, and 11% did not have intractable epilepsy and were depressed. Patients with epilepsy have a higher prevalence of depression than the general population, but the intractability of the seizure disorder does not seem to be an independent risk factor for the occurrence of depression. There is no relationship between the severity of depression and monthly seizure rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-301
Number of pages4
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Intractable
  • Monthly seizure rate
  • Seizures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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