Epilepsy Increases Psychiatric Risk in Children
Children with epilepsy are more prone to be affected by mental health problems. Studies suggest that boys with epilepsy suffer from problem in handling relationships, anxiety and hypertension while girls start facing emotional problems. Boys with epilepsy have greater tendency of developing mental health problems as compared to girls. It is therefore necessary that these issues are looked after at an early stage so that disastrous consequences can be avoided and the quality of life of an individual is maintained.
Causes of Mental health problems:
The causes may be broadly classified into two categories, i.e., internal and external factors.
Internal or intrinsic factors that cause mental health problems may be the disruption in the normal functioning of brain. Since, the normal functioning of brain affects behavior as well as motor control in an individual, such disruption of normal brain function might also affect behavior. The type of seizure also decides the extent and kind of behavioral change. For instance, children who suffer from generalized seizures are more prone to suffering from hyperactivity and inattention than those with partial seizures. Continue reading “Childhood epilepsy and mental-health problems” »