Childhood epilepsy not linked with later psychiatric disorders

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Sep 21, 2015

For decades, experts have been studying potential links between childhood epilepsy and various behavioral and psychiatric conditions and some have hypothesized that that they are part of a larger spectrum of brain disorders with shared mechanisms.

However, a new study of young adults has found no substantial or lasting association between childhood epilepsy and psychiatric disorders and suicidal behavior. The study included 257 young adults with childhood-onset epilepsy who were followed since the onset of their epilepsy approximately 15 years earlier and 134 sibling controls.

"To our knowledge, this is the first community-based study of childhood-onset epilepsy in which lifetime and current psychiatric disorders were assessed once children reached young adulthood," said Dr Anne Berg, senior author of the Epilepsia study. 

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Wiley
September 21, 2015

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