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Understanding the Link Between Epilepsy and Psychiatric Disorders

The relationship between the two disorders continues to challenge clinicians and researchers.


A better understanding of the relationship between psychiatric disorders and epilepsy is needed to help clinicians and researchers find the best treatment options, and to avoid the many misconceptions that currently exist. In a recent critical review, Berg et al address the biases in the literature and the diagnostic errors that may occur because of the difficulty in distinguishing psychogenic nonepileptic seizures from epilepsy.

Berg AT, Altalib HH, Devinsky O. Psychiatric and behavioral comorbidities in epilepsy: A critical reappraisal. Epilepsia. 2017;58:1123-1130.

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