Les troubles psychiatriques dans l’épilepsie Volume 15, issue 2, Avril 2003

Clinique Neurologique, CHU Bretonneau, Tours, France

This general review deals with the psychiatric comorbidity in epilepsy using a pragmatic way. Firstly, we discuss methodological and epidemiological considerations, according to the various sources of psychopathology. Then, an overview of the major psychiatric syndromes (i.e. depression, anxiety, various affective disorders of short duration, psychoses of epilepsy) is proposed, with the aim of increasing understanding of clinical practice. For each psychiatric syndrome, we focus on the specificity of the symptoms in epileptic patients.