Norwegian scientists have found that children with epilepsy are more prone
to display psychiatric symptoms. The findings can help clinicians identify
high-risk group which aids early intervention to prevent more serious problems
It was seen that the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in children with
epilepsy is 37% as compared to just 9% in healthy children. Low socio-economic
status is an additional risk factor. Boys were at an increased risk of
psychiatric symptoms than girls in both the epilepsy group and in the control
group. These findings are based on data collected from questionnaires on
children aged between 8-13years that were answered by about 15,000 parents.
Findings of the study are published in the journal, Epilepsia.