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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 48 (2006) 10, 809 - 814

Case report

Psychoses and Epilepsy. A case study

W.M.A. Verhoeven, W.B. Gunning, J.H.A.M. Tuerlings, J.I.M. Egger, S. Tuinier †

summary Over the last few decades much research has been done into the raised level of psychiatric comorbidity in epilepsy. On the basis of a case study of a patient suffering from post-ictal psychoses we explain the psychiatric differential diagnosis within the framework of epilepsy and we investigate the frequent psychiatric side-effects of anticonvulsants. It is concluded that the links between epilepsy and psychiatric symptoms are complex and that the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy is concerned with syndromes that are unique and do not fit into modern psychiatric classification systems.

keywords anticonvulsants, epilepsy, psychotic disorders