Epilepsy and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: Links, risks, and challenges

Amy E. Williams, Julianne M. Giust, William G. Kronenberger, David W. Dunn

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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has a prevalence rate of 7%-9% in the general population of children. However, in children with epilepsy, ADHD has been found to be present in 20%-50% of patients. This paper provides a review of ADHD prevalence in pediatric epilepsy populations and reviews data on specific symptom presentation and attention deficits in patients with epilepsy. This paper also reviews evidence-based treatments for ADHD and specifically the treatment of ADHD as a comorbid condition in children with epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-296
Number of pages10
JournalNeuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
StatePublished - Feb 9 2016


  • ADHD
  • Children
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizure disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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