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depression and epilepsy

Benjamin Johnstone, Dennis Velakoulis, Cheng Yi Yuan, Anthony Ang, Chris Steward, Patricia Desmond, Terence J O'Brien
OBJECTIVE: Exposure to early life childhood trauma has been implicated as resulting in a vulnerability to epileptic and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), hippocampal atrophy, and psychiatric disorders. This study aimed to explore the relationships between childhood trauma, epilepsy, PNES, and hippocampal volume in patients admitted to a video-electroencephalogram monitoring (VEM) unit. METHODS: One hundred thirty-one patients were recruited from the Royal Melbourne Hospital VEM unit...
October 12, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Rui Quintas, Milda Cerniauskaite, Ambra Mara Giovannetti, Silvia Schiavolin, Alberto Raggi, Venusia Covelli, Flavio Villani, Giuseppe Didato, Francesco Deleo, Silvana Franceschetti, Simona Binelli, Laura Canafoglia, Marina Casazza, Matilde Leonardi
AIM: The aim of this observational study was to test the effectiveness of the PARADISE 24 instrument in describing the psychosocial difficulties (PSDs) reported by people with epilepsy, their relation with disability, and quality-of-life (QoL) levels and, overall, to explore a horizontal epidemiology methodology applied to a sample of patients with epilepsy. METHODS: A convenience sample of 80 adult patients with epilepsy was included in this cross-sectional study...
October 12, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Martha Sajatovic, Curtis Tatsuoka, Elisabeth Welter, Adam T Perzynski, Kari Colon-Zimmermann, Jamie R Van Doren, Ashley Bukach, Mary Ellen Lawless, Eleanor R Ryan, Katherine Sturniolo, Samden Lhatoo
OBJECTIVES: Serious mental illness is disproportionately common in people with epilepsy and contributes to complications and mortality. Few care approaches specifically target individuals who have epilepsy and severe mental illness. We used an iterative process to refine an existing intervention and tested the novel intervention, Targeted Self-Management for Epilepsy and Mental Illness (TIME) in individuals with epilepsy and comorbid mental illness (E-MI). METHODS: The TIME intervention was developed with input from a community advisory board and then tested for feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy in people with E-MI, using a 16-week prospective, randomized controlled design comparing TIME (N=22) vs...
October 12, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Islay Mactaggart, Hannah Kuper, G V S Murthy, Joseph Oye, Sarah Polack
PURPOSE: To investigate the relationship between two distinct measures of disability: self-reported functional limitations and objectively-screened clinical impairments. METHODS: We undertook an all age population-based survey of disability in two areas: North-West Cameroon (August/October 2013) and Telangana State, India (Feb/April 2014). Participants were selected for inclusion via two-stage cluster randomised sampling (probability proportionate to size cluster selection and compact segment sampling within clusters)...
2016: PloS One
Chandni Prakash, Susan Hatters-Friedman, Charmian Moller-Olsen, Abigail North
INTRODUCTION: Pregnancy is a vulnerable period for recurrence of bipolar disorder. Discontinuation of mood stabilisers during pregnancy and the postpartum period can significantly increase the risk of recurrence of bipolar disorder. Lamotrigine is an anti-epileptic drug that has been approved for the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder. Epilepsy literature has indicated that lamotrigine has a reassuring safety profile in pregnancy but there is little information on its effectiveness and safety in pregnant women with mental disorders...
August 15, 2016: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
Eivind Kolstad, Gyri Veiby, Nils Erik Gilhus, Marte Bjørk
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether prepregnancy overweight in women with epilepsy increases their risk for complications during pregnancy and delivery. METHODS: This study is based on The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) linked to the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. A diagnosis of epilepsy was reported in 706 pregnancies. Overweight was defined as body mass index ≥ 25 prepregnancy. Overweight women with epilepsy (n = 259) were compared to normal-weight women with epilepsy (n = 416), and to women without epilepsy with and without overweight (n = 30,516 and n = 67,977, respectively)...
October 13, 2016: Epilepsia
Rebecca J Weber, Kenneth D Gadow
The present study aimed to characterize the association of psychopathology with the clinical correlates of epilepsy, asthma, and allergy within and between neurobehavioral syndromes. Participants were consecutively evaluated youth (6-18 years, 75 % male) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD; n = 589) and non-ASD outpatient psychiatry referrals (n = 653). Informants completed a background questionnaire (parents) and a psychiatric symptom severity rating scale (parents, teachers). Youth with ASD had higher rates of epilepsy and allergy but not asthma than psychiatry referrals, even when analyses were limited to youth with IQ ≥ 70...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Germain Sotoing Taiwe, Thierry Bang Tchoya, Joseph Renaud Menanga, Bernard Dabole, Michel De Waard
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The leaf extract of Crinum jagus L. (Amaryllidaceae) is widely used in traditional Cameroonian medicine as antiepileptic remedy and for the treatment of convulsion, depression and mood disorders associated with epilepsy. AIM OF THE STUDY: Hence, this study was conducted to evaluate the effects of an active fraction extracted from the leaves of Crinum jagus against seizures, depression-like behaviour and oxidative stress in pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced kindling in mice...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Barış Akdemir, David G Benditt
The vagus nerve is a major component of the autonomic nervous system and plays a critical role in many body functions including for example, speech, swallowing, heart rate and respiratory control, gastric secretion, and intestinal motility. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) refers to any technique that stimulates the vagus nerve, with electrical stimulation being the most important. Implantable devices for VNS are approved therapy for refractory epilepsy and for treatment-resistant depression. In the case of heart disease applications, implantable VNS has been shown to be beneficial for treating heart failure in both preclinical and clinical studies...
October 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Srinivasa P Kommajosyula, Marcus E Randall, Srinivasan Tupal, Carl L Faingold
Patients with epilepsy are at risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). The most common series of events in witnessed cases of SUDEP is a generalized convulsive seizure followed by terminal apnea. Risk factors for SUDEP include prolonged postictal depression (PID), as well as alcohol abuse. The present study examined these issues in a genetic epilepsy model that exhibits generalized convulsive audiogenic seizures (AGSz) but rarely exhibits seizure-induced death, the genetically epilepsy-prone rats (GEPR-9s)...
October 7, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Oh-Young Kwon, Sung-Pa Park
PURPOSE: Irritability has been reported in epilepsy patients. We identified associated factors for interictal irritability in epilepsy patients. METHOD: Adult epilepsy patients who received antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) for at least 1year were invited to participate in this study. For eligible patients, several questionnaires, such as the Irritability in Adult Patients with Epilepsy (I-Epi), the Korean version of the Neurological Disorders Depression Inventory for Epilepsy (K-NDDI-E), the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7), the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), and the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI), were administered...
September 29, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Milena Gandy, Eyal Karin, Vincent J Fogliati, Sarah McDonald, Nick Titov, Blake F Dear
OBJECTIVE: Anxiety and depression are highly prevalent in people with epilepsy (PWE) and contribute to increased disability. Unfortunately, there are numerous barriers (e.g., cost, distance, and stigma) and service gaps (e.g., lack of services and trained clinicians) that prevent many PWE from accessing traditional face-to-face psychological services. The aim of the present study was to examine the feasibility of a new transdiagnostic Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) program, the Chronic Conditions Course, to simultaneously treat symptoms of anxiety, depression, and disability...
October 7, 2016: Epilepsia
Rachel Galioto, Geoffrey Tremont, Andrew S Blum, W Curt LaFrance, Cara L Crook, Jennifer D Davis
This study examined the contribution of depression to reduced executive functioning in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) using three groups: TLE only (TLE; N=29), TLE+depression (TLE+DEP) (N=22), and nonneurologic participants with depression (DEP; N=31). Participants completed the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System. Individuals with TLE performed worse than the DEP group on many tests of executive functions. Among the TLE participants, those with depression demonstrated poorer executive functioning. These findings support the notion that depression may further contribute to executive difficulties in individuals with TLE...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Rikke Thaarup Wesselhöft
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a frequent and painful mental disorder considered among the five leading causes of disability in Western countries by the World Health Organization. MDD occurs at all ages, but childhood onset MDD has a more severe course with longer depressive episodes, more suicidality, and more frequent hospitalization, than later onset MDD. Childhood seems to be a window of opportunity for prevention of mental disorders, and subsequently prevention of MDD onset in childhood is recommended...
October 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Joanna P MacEwan, Seth Seabury, Myrlene Sanon Aigbogun, Siddhesh Kamat, Emma van Eijndhoven, Clement Francois, Crystal Henderson, Leslie Citrome
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to assess the level of private and public investment in research and development of treatments for schizophrenia and other mental disorders compared to other diseases in order to present data on the economic burden and pharmaceutical innovation by disease area, and to compare the level of investment relative to burden across different diseases. DESIGN: The levels of investment and pharmaceutical innovation relative to burden across different diseases were assessed...
July 2016: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
Song Yan, Yuanbin Wu, Yanchun Deng, Yonghong Liu, Jingjing Zhao, Lei Ma
Fatigue is highly prevalent in patients with epilepsy and has a major impact on quality of life, but little data is available on its effects and management in epilepsy. To identify the incidence and risk factors of fatigue in patients with epilepsy, 105 epilepsy patients (45 women and 60 men) were enrolled in our study. Demographic and clinical data were collected and psychological variables including fatigue, sleep quality, excess daytime sleepiness, anxiety, and depression were measured by Fatigue Severity Scale, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Epworth Sleepiness Scale, and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, respectively...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Seong-Tshool Hong
The human intestine contains a massive and complex microbial community called gut microbiota. A typical human carries 100 trillion microbes in his/her body which is 10 times greater than the number of their host cells, i.e. whole number of human cells. A combined microbial genome constituting gut microbiota is well excess our own human genome. The microbial composition of gut microbiotata and its role on diseases became a booming area of research, presenting a new paradigm of opportunities for modern medicines...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Panagiotis N Papageorgiou, James Deschner, Spyridon N Papageorgiou
Background This umbrella review summarizes the evidence across meta-analyses regarding the effectiveness and adverse effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS). Methods Databases were searched up to March 2015 for meta-analyses of comparative trials in humans assessing the effectiveness or adverse effects of DBS. Data selection, data extraction, and risk of bias assessment were performed by two independent reviewers. Results Seven eligible systematic reviews were included assessing the use of DBS for epilepsy (n = 1), obsessive-compulsive disorder (n = 1), and Parkinson disease (n = 5)...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
D Chisholm, M Heslin, S Docrat, S Nanda, R Shidhaye, N Upadhaya, M Jordans, J Abdulmalik, S Olayiwola, O Gureje, D Kizza, J Mugisha, F Kigozi, C Hanlon, M Adugna, R Sanders, C Pretorius, G Thornicroft, C Lund
BACKGROUND: Although financing represents a critical component of health system strengthening and also a defining concern of efforts to move towards universal health coverage, many countries lack the tools and capacity to plan effectively for service scale-up. As part of a multi-country collaborative study (the Emerald project), we set out to develop, test and apply a fully integrated health systems resource planning and health impact tool for mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders...
September 19, 2016: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
Kristianne Chelsea Altura, Scott B Patten, Kirsten M Fiest, Callie Atta, Andrew G Bulloch, Nathalie Jetté
OBJECTIVES: Our primary aim was to validate the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-9 as a screening tool for suicidal ideation (SI). METHODS: Persons with epilepsy (n=188), migraine (n=208), multiple sclerosis (n=151), and stroke (n=122) completed questionnaires (e.g., PHQ-9) and the structured clinical interview for DSM-IV (SCID). Logistic regression was used to examine factors associated with SI [odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs)]. The diagnostic accuracy of the PHQ-9 in identifying SI [sensitivity (Se), specificity (Sp), positive and negative predictive value (PPV and NPV)] was validated against the SCID...
September 2016: General Hospital Psychiatry
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