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Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the

Psychiatric and Behavioural Disorders in Children with Epilepsy:an ILAE Task Force Report Volume 18, supplement 1, May 2016

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CONTENTS

 

S1 Preface
Frank Besag, Albert Aldenkamp, Rochelle Caplan, David W. Dunn, Giuseppe Gobbi, Matti Sillanpää


S2 Epidemiology of psychiatric/behavioural disorder in children with epilepsy
Matti Sillanpää, Frank Besag, Albert Aldenkamp, Rochelle Caplan, David W. Dunn, Giuseppe Gobbi


S8 Epilepsy and ADHD
Frank Besag, Giuseppe Gobbi, Rochelle Caplan, Matti Sillanpää, Albert Aldenkamp, David W. Dunn


S16 Epilepsy and Autism
Frank Besag, Albert Aldenkamp, Rochelle Caplan, David W. Dunn, Giuseppe Gobbi, Matti Sillanpää


S24 Anxiety, depression and childhood epilepsy
David W. Dunn, Frank Besag, Rochelle Caplan, Albert Aldenkamp, Giuseppe Gobbi, Matti Sillanpää


S31 Epilepsy and psychosis in children and teenagers
Frank Besag, Rochelle Caplan, Albert Aldenkamp, David W. Dunn, Giuseppe Gobbi, Matti Sillanpää


S37 Behavioural and psychiatric disorders associated with epilepsy syndromes
Frank Besag, Giuseppe Gobbi, Albert Aldenkamp, Rochelle Caplan, David W. Dunn, Matti Sillanpää


S49 Subtle behavioural and cognitive manifestations of epilepsy
Frank Besag, Giuseppe Gobbi, Albert Aldenkamp, Rochelle Caplan, David W. Dunn, Matti Sillanpää


S55 Adverse cognitive and behavioural effects of antiepileptic drugs
Albert Aldenkamp, Frank Besag, Giuseppe Gobbi, Rochelle Caplan, David W. Dunn, Matti Sillanpää

 

S68 Behavioural effects of epilepsy surgery
Frank Besag, Rochelle Caplan, Albert Aldenkamp, David W. Dunn, Giuseppe Gobbi, Matti Sillanpää


S77 When should pharmacotherapy for psychiatric/behavioural disorders in children with epilepsy be prescribed?
Frank Besag, Albert Aldenkamp, Rochelle Caplan, David W. Dunn, Giuseppe Gobbi, Matti Sillanpää

 

 

 PREFACE

 

Psychiatric/behavioural problems are common in children with epilepsy, typically occurring in around 35-50% in epidemiological studies. They can affect the quality of life of the children and their families to a major degree. In many cases these problems create more of a challenge than the epilepsy itself. However, there are relatively few high-quality studies in this area.

This collection of papers is intended to represent one step in a long journey towards addressing the lack of information by drawing together the available data on a number of key topics including epidemiology, the relationships between epilepsy and several psychiatric disorders, the role of the epilepsy itself, the effects of antiepileptic drugs and surgery and the place of pharmacotherapy.

Although there is relatively good information on epidemiology there is very little information on the causes of and risk factors for psychiatric disorders in childhood epilepsy that might give insight into early diagnosis and prevention.

Despite the growing amount of research in genetics, the impact on management has been minimal so far. There is also very sparse high-quality randomised controlled trial data on treatment of psychiatric disorders in childhood epilepsy. Furthermore, with a few exceptions, there is a striking lack of neuroimaging studies in this field. These are areas that would benefit from further attention and research.

The information in this report has been put together by the members of the immediate past Child Neuropsychiatry Taskforce of the Neuropsychology Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy, guided by the then chairpersons of the commission: Andres Kanner and Marco Mula. The immediate past Task Force was officially in place from July 2009 to June 2013, although their work has continued since then, in relation to this publication and updating all the papers.