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Epilepsy and Bipolar Disorder

Knott, Sarah, Forty, L., Craddock, N. and Thomas, R.H. (2015) Epilepsy and Bipolar Disorder. Epilepsy & Behavior, 52 (Pt A). pp. 267-274. ISSN Print: 1525-5050 Online: 1525-5069

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It is well recognized that mood disorders and epilepsy commonly co-occur. Despite this, our knowledge regarding the relationship between epilepsy and bipolar disorder is limited. Several shared features between the two disorders, such as their episodic nature and potential to run a chronic course, and the efficacy of some antiepileptic medications in the prophylaxis of both disorders, are often cited as evidence of possible shared underlying pathophysiology. The present paper aims to review the bidirectional associations between epilepsy and bipolar disorder, with a focus on epidemiological links, evidence for shared etiology, and the impact of these disorders on both the individual and wider society. Better recognition and understanding of these two complex disorders, along with an integrated clinical approach, are crucial for improved evaluation and management of comorbid epilepsy and mood disorders.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Bipolar disorder, genetics, epilepsy, comorbidity
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Sarah Knott
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2016 11:50
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:09

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