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Children with epilepsy more likely to have conditions like depression or anxiety, study says

14 Jun 2016

A new study has found that children of a school age with epilepsy may be more likely to have other problems like depression or anxiety than children without epilepsy.

The study authors looked at 120 children with epilepsy of no known cause and 240 children without epilepsy in Iran, all aged between six and 12 years old.

The results showed that children with epilepsy had a higher risk of having conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression and social phobia.

The study concluded that careful evaluation and follow up of children with epilepsy for these types of conditions is important for early treatment and prevention.

The research is published in the Iranian Journal of Child Neurology.

 

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