Vaaler, Arne E2; Kondziella, Daniel1; Morken, Gunnar2; Iversen, Valentina C2; Linaker, Olav M2
1 Neurologisk Klinik, Neurocentret, Rigshospitalet, The Capital Region of Denmark2 unknown
a controlled study from a psychiatric acute department
Patients with epilepsy often have different mood symptoms and behavioral trait characteristics compared to the non-epileptic population. In the present prospective study, we aimed to assess differences in behavioral trait characteristics between acutely admitted, psychiatric in-patients with epilepsy-associated depressive symptoms and gender/age-matched patients with major depression. Patients with epilepsy-associated depression had significantly higher scores for "religious convictions," "philosophical and intellectual interests" and "sense of personal destiny." These behavioral trait characteristics at admission or in clinical history should alert the psychiatrist and lead to closer examination for a possible convulsive disorder.
Journal of Religion and Health, 2015, Vol 54, Issue 3, p. 1110-7