Self-perception among epilepsy patients has an impact on depression and quality of life

According to a recent study, for patients with epilepsy the way they perceive themselves in relation to their condition can have a major effect on the relationship between depression levels and their quality of life.

New York University medical researchers assessed a group of 70 patients who had epilepsy, and analysed the results from questionnaires that were completed by the group, in order to measure depression, illness perception and quality of life.

The results showed that how the subjects viewed their illness definitely affected the relationship between their depression and quality of life, even after taking factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, income and seizure frequency into account.

Depression affects approximately one in six UK individuals, but it is more likely to be reported among those that have to manage a long-term health issue, like epilepsy, on a daily basis.

More information about the study is available in the medical journal Epilepsia, in which the research team also stated: “This study is the first to suggest that illness perceptions may be a useful target in screening and intervention approaches in order to improve quality of life among low-income, racially/ethnically diverse patients with epilepsy.”

Meanwhile, a Canadian study conducted jointly by Canada’s Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto has recently highlighted the positive impact that educational or psychological interventions can have on improving children with epilepsy’s ability to use their cognitive skills.

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