Prevalence of mood, anxiety disorders, and suicidality in patients with newly diagnosed focal epilepsy

  • There is a need to investigate the association between the prevalence of anxiety and depressive disorders, and suicidal ideation/attempts, at the time of new epilepsy diagnoses because compared to the population in general these are more common in individuals with epilepsy.
  • Findings suggest that prevalence of anxiety and depressive disorders in newly diagnosed patients closely resembles findings observed in patients with well-established epilepsy (43.5% of subjects had a psychiatric diagnosis, 38.6% met the criteria for mood and anxiety disorders, 21.6% met the criteria for suicidal ideation/attempts).
  • Mood and anxiety disorder rates were comparable to those with established epilepsy, whereas data revealed an increase when compared to the general population.