The Challenge of Teaching Psychiatry Residents About Psychopathology in Patients with Epilepsy

Sigita Plioplys*, MaryBeth Lake

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter discusses the issues pertinent to the practical education of psychiatry residents about epilepsy and associated psychopathology. Epilepsy teaching starts in medical school, where students learn about ictal physiology and pathology, seizure semiology, and diagnostic and treatment methods. Epilepsy is explained with the clinician's point of view and the educator's point of view. After medical school, psychiatry residents further advance their medical/neurologic knowledge about this disorder through encounters with patients during their medical internship and neurology rotation. In addition, the multidisciplinary epilepsy team approach is the most progressive method for integrated teaching about epilepsy and psychopathology. Its driving principle, consistent and effective interdisciplinary communication is incorporated in all psychiatric settings. The use of contemporary communication methods, such as teleconferences or videoconferences, allows colleagues to communicate with each other without constraints of time and distance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPsychiatric Controversies in Epilepsy
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780123740069
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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