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Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Risk of Mental Problems for Seizure Patients

April 11, 2013
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Patients, who suffer from psychogenetic non-epileptic seizures and then suffer traumatic brain injury, are at a much higher risk of suffering from a number of mental complications including mood disorders, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder.

Patients, who suffer from psychogenetic non-epileptic seizures and then suffer traumatic brain injury, are at a much higher risk of suffering from a number of mental complications including mood disorders, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder.  New research published recently in the print version of the journal Epilepsia indicates to brain injury lawyers that these patients are at a much higher risk of such complications, compared to seizure patients who have not suffered a brain injury.

The researchers analyzed patients who suffered from seizures, and also suffered a brain injury, and those who suffered from seizures but had no history of a brain injury.  They found that 45% of the patients who suffered from seizures and brain injury reported a number of mental health issues, like mood disorders, and lower levels of global function.  In contrast, seizure patients who did not have a brain injury did not report such issues.  In approximately three-quarters of these cases, the seizure patients had only suffered a mild brain injury.

The analysis also found that seizure patients who suffered a brain injury were more likely to go on disability, and were also much more likely to have a major depressive disorder.  They were also much more likely to have a history of abuse.

All of these effects are already seen in patients who suffer from seizures, but they seem to be much more pronounced when the seizures are accompanied by a traumatic brain injury.  For instance, even the seizure patients who had no history of brain injury had high rates of unemployment.  But among the seizure patients who also had a brain injury, there was a much higher level of disability payments, indicating that their symptoms were much more severe.

The odds of suffering post traumatic disorder increased by 2.75 if the seizure patient had a brain injury, and the odds of having a history of trauma and abuse increased by 3 times.

 

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