Pangs of death in epilepsies Volume 14, issue 1, Mars 2002

CHU de Dijon, Service de Pédopsychiatrie, Boulevard de-Lattre-de-Tassigny, 21000 Dijon

The author shows the importance of death anguish at any level in severe epilepsies. The image of death is like a ''ghost haunting'' which makes the treatement more difficult and is a hindrance to the patient's insertion in social life. Frequenthy this ''haunting'' is linked to a real death for which mourning has not been achieved. The author illustrates with several cases how a psychotherapic or even psychoanalytic work can change the psychological identification of the patient and, so, helps in synergy with medical or surgical treatement.