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Newly Diagnosed Patients with Epilepsy Need Psychiatric Evaluation

Pre-existing psychiatric disorders and iatrogenically induced symptoms warrant such evaluations.


Every patient who is initially diagnosed with epilepsy should also be evaluated for coexisting psychiatric problems, according to Andres Kanner with the Department of Neurology, University of Miami School of Medicine. Kanner noted that psychiatric comorbidities often existed in patients before they were diagnosed with a seizure. That, coupled with the fact that drug therapy and surgery for epilepsy often cause psychiatric symptoms, is part of the justification for conducting these evaluations.

Kanner AM. Psychiatric comorbidities in new onset epilepsy: Should they be always investigated? Seizure. 2017;49:79-82.

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