Epilepsy and mental disorders: depressive and anxious comorbidity Volume 14, issue 1, Mars 2002

Service de neurologie, CHU Bretonneau, 37044 Tours Cedex, France.

The analysis of psychiatric comorbidity in epilepsy is methodologically difficult. Generally speaking, persons with epilepsy suffer more from mental disorders than the others. The most frequent psychiatric disorders are mood disorders (usually depression) and anxious disorders, which are dealt in this review from a physiopathological, diagnostic and therapeutic point of view. The therapeutic strategies whose main outlines are discussed should take into account the efficiency on psychiatric symptoms and the effect of the treatment of epilepsy.