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Epilepsy Research and Treatment
Volume 2012, Article ID 163731, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/163731
Review Article

Epilepsy, Mental Health Disorder, or Both?

1Department of Psychiatry, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada N6A 4G5
2Departments of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Medical Biophysics, Medical Imaging, and Psychiatry, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada N6A 5A5

Received 12 September 2011; Accepted 2 November 2011

Academic Editor: Warren T. Blume

Copyright © 2012 Vadim Beletsky and Seyed M. Mirsattari. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), a subset of the seizure disorder family, represents a complex neuropsychiatric illness, where the neurological presentation may be complemented by varying severity of affective, behavioral, psychotic, or personality abnormalities, which, in turn, may not only lead to misdiagnosis, but also affect the management. This paper outlines a spectrum of mental health presentations, including psychosis, mood, anxiety, panic, and dissociative states, associated with epilepsy that make the correct diagnosis a challenge.