Society, Behaviour and Epilepsy


Jaya Pinikahana (Editor)
The Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria

Christine Walker (Editor)
Chronic Illness Alliance, Victoria, Australia

Series: Neurology – Laboratory and Clinical Research Developments; Psychology Research Progress

Although clinical, neurological, biological, psychiatric and even therapeutic aspects of epilepsy have been fairly consistently reviewed, relatively little is known about the psycho-social aspects of this condition. The psycho-social consequences of epilepsy are arguably often more severe than the severity of epilepsy. Studies show that social exclusion, fear, anxiety, stress, suicide, unemployment and homelessness among people with epilepsy are higher than the general population. Although there are no viable eclectic theories of bio- psychosocial aspects of epilepsy, there are several current psychological and sociological perspectives of this disorder. This book fills a gap in the literature on the psycho-social context of epilepsy.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About contributors

Chapter 1. Towards a Better Understanding of Living with Epilepsy: The Lived Experience of Seizures;pp. 1-16
(Jaya Pinikahana and Joanne Dono, The Epilepsy Foundation of Vicoria, Australia and others)

Chapter 2. Indicators of the Social Consequences of Epilepsy;pp. 17-27
(Kevin M Brown, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia)

Chapter 3. From Public to Personal: A Social and Ethnographic View of Epilepsy;pp. 29-41
(Lisa Francesca Andermann, University of Toronto, Canada)

Chapter 4. Quality of Life in Epilepsy;pp. 43-58
(Deirdre P. McLaughlin, The University of Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 5. Addressing the treatment gap in epilepsy;pp. 59-72
(Christine Walker, Chronic Illness Alliance, Australia)

Chapter 6. Health Literacy and the Outcomes of Care among Individuals with Epilepsy;pp. 73-91
(Ramon Edmundo D. Bautista and Maria Adela B. Bautista, University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Jacksonville and others)

Chapter 7. Epilepsy and Employment;pp. 93-114
(Malachy Bishop and Chung-Yi Chiu, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA and others)

Chapter 8. Gender and Epilepsy: Clinical, Social and Psychological Impact;pp. 115-141
(R. Shallcross, R.L. Bromley, and G.A. Baker, The University of Liverpool, UK)

Chapter 9. Sociology and Epilepsy: Mind-Body Medicalisation;pp. 143-162
(Peter Morrall, University of Leeds, United Kingdom)

Chapter 10. Crossing Continents: Meanings and Management of Epilepsy among People of Pakistani Origin Living in the UK;pp. 163-174 Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust, United Kingdom)

Chapter 11. Adherence to Antiepileptic Drug Therapy across the Developmental Life-Span;pp. 175-205
(Avani C. Modi and Shanna M. Guilfoyl, Cincinnati Children)

Chapter 12. Social Competence and Children with Epilepsy;pp. 207-226
(K. Rantanen, K. Eriksson, and P. Nieminen, University of Tampere, Finland and others)

Chapter 13. Psychosocial Adjustment in Children with Epilepsy and their Families;pp. 227-246
(Soraya Otero-Cuesta and Amador Priede, University Hospital Marques de Valdecilla Santander,, Cantabria, Spainnd others)

Chapter 14. Perspectives on Depression in Epilepsy;pp. 247-256
(Adrian Palomino and Alexander W. Thompson, University of California at Davis, USA)

Chapter 15. Depression in People with Epilepsy;pp. 257-287
(Elizabeth Reisinger Walker and Colleen DiIorio, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Chapter 16. Epilepsy in the Elderly: Diagnostic Approach and Treatment;pp. 289-311
(Sophie Dupont, B De Toffol, Marc Verny and Caroline Hommet, Unite d’Epileptologie, Clinique Neurologique Paul Castaigne Hopital, Pa)

Chapter 17. Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Epilepsy;pp. 313-329
(Reyna M. Duron and Kenton R. Holden, Centro Medico Lucas, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Central America and others)

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