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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds Patients with epilepsy have a greater comorbidity with psychiatric disorders, especially with mood disorder. Depression is one of this impairment This psychosocial consequence of epilepsy and depression is characterized by irritability, anhedonia, hopelessness, fear and anxiety What is called interictal disphoric disorder. Remember that in psychology and psychiatry anhedonia is defined as the inability to experience pleasure from activities that usually found enjoyable like exercise or hobbies, listening music, sexual activities or other social interactions. Hopelessness, means with no hope beyond optimism or desperate. There are also other psychosocial factors that contribute to a lower quality of life of this persons. Epilepsy is correlated with lower education, unemployment, household with low annual income.

Skip to 1 minute and 24 seconds self-perception of fair or poor health, lack of independence, for example they are not allowed to drive, social stigma and isolation. We have to consider that after anterior temporal lobectomy there is a decline in memory and in word finding, but we have a decrease of anxiety and depression, and this means an improvement in the quality of life of patients.

Everyday difficulties

Here is an introduction to the psychosocial consequences of epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder affecting daily activities with negative consequences on quality of life. Sometimes its effects are so severe that epilepsy is correlated with psychiatric disorders, such as depression or other mood disorders.

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