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People with epilepsy face increased risks of discrimination and other negative life events

Date:
September 19, 2016
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Wiley
Summary:
In a recent analysis, people with epilepsy were seven-fold more likely to have reported experiencing discrimination due to health problems than the general population. This risk was greater than other chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma and migraines.
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In a recent analysis, people with epilepsy were seven-fold more likely to have reported experiencing discrimination due to health problems than the general population. This risk was greater than other chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma and migraines.

People with epilepsy also had a greater likelihood of experiencing domestic violence and sexual abuse than the general population.

The analysis also found that such psychosocial adversities could help explain why individuals with epilepsy are at an increased risk of developing depression and anxiety disorders.

"This paper demonstrates that despite all of the advances made over the last 100 years, the experience of discrimination continues to be a significant problem for people with epilepsy," said Dr. Victoria Nimmo-Smith, first author of the Epilepsia study.

"We still don't know enough about why people with epilepsy develop depression and anxiety disorders much more often than the general population. Our findings suggest that adverse life events such as discrimination may be important," said senior author Dr. Dheeraj Rai. "We now need longitudinal studies to confirm these findings, because if true, it may be possible to design interventions to help prevent mental health problems in some people with epilepsy."


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Journal Reference:

  1. Victoria Nimmo-Smith, Traolach S. Brugha, Michael P. Kerr, Sally McManus, Dheeraj Rai. Discrimination, domestic violence, abuse, and other adverse life events in people with epilepsy: Population-based study to assess the burden of these events and their contribution to psychopathology. Epilepsia, 2016; DOI: 10.1111/epi.13561

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