Should pediatric neurologists play a role in the management of the most common psychiatric comorbidities in children with epilepsy? Practical considerations

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Abstract

Child neurologists should provide initial care for the mental health problems of children and adolescents with epilepsy. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders are common comorbidities of childhood epilepsy. The psychotropic drugs used to treat mental health disorders can be safely employed in children with seizures. Child neurologists can diagnose common behavioral problems, should be comfortable with first-line agents to treat common psychiatric illnesses, and should recognize when support from psychologists or child and adolescent psychiatrists is needed. This article is part of the Special Issue “Obstacles of Treatment of Psychiatric Comorbidities in Epilepsy”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-317
Number of pages4
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume98
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2019

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Child and adolescent epilepsy
  • Depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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