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Depression & Epilepsy: What is the Connection?

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Are those who suffer from epilepsy at higher risk for depression?

13% of teens with epilepsy report experiencing serious depression symptoms. Another 22% of epileptic teenagers are at risk for depressive symptoms. Compare this to the 7.6% of the population over the age of 12 who are affected by depression.

The study screened 394 teenagers with epilepsy. Half female. Half male. They ranged from 15 to 18 years old.

Martha Sajatovic, MD, of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, co-authored the study. She says, “Identifying people with epilepsy who have depression or other mental health issues is half of the battle. It's important that people with epilepsy who have depression or other mental health issues get treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and medication."

She continues to explain that properly treating the depression doesn’t JUST help the depression - it also helps the epilepsy.

For more information on depression, watch the MedCircle original series Debunking Depression: Harnessing Your Hardwired Nature to Be Happy with Dr. Sue Varma. I’m Kyle Kittleson. And remember, whatever you’re going through - you got this.

Source: MedPage Today


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