Childhood Epilepsy, Attention Problems, and ADHD

Review and Practical Considerations

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Abstract

Children with epilepsy have a significant risk for problems with attention and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Clinical studies suggest a prevalence of 30% to 40%. Inattention is more common than hyperactivity and impulsivity. Additional central nervous system dysfunction and intractable seizures are major risk factors. Treatment should include psychoeducational interventions and medication. Stimulant drugs are safe and effective in children with epilepsy and currently are first-line agents for treatment of attention problems in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-228
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Pediatric Neurology
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2005

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Keywords

  • ADHD
  • attention problems
  • behavioral aspects of childhood epilepsy
  • childhood epilepsy
  • cognitive aspects of childhood epilepsy
  • stimulant medication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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