Psychopathology and temporal lobe epilepsy in adolescents

Y. Kaminer, A. Apter*, A. Aviv, P. Lerman, S. Tyano

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ABSTRACT— Although high rates of psychopathology in children and adolescents suffering from temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) have been reported in the literature, the subject remains controversial. In this investigation we made a psychiatric study of 26 adolescents with TLE using a detailed structure interview and rigorous diagnostic criteria. These were compared to 26 matched controls suffering from chronic bronchial asthma (BA). In neither group was there a high rate of specific psychiatric illness, although many adolescents in both samples showed moderate to severe depression. We conclude that TLE may not be a specific cause of psychopathology in adolescence, and that the depression might result from the suffering involved in chronic illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-644
Number of pages5
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1988


  • adolescence
  • bronchial asthma
  • temporal lobe epilepsy


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