Peter L. Fisher, Adam J. Noble September 3, 2017

Anxiety and depression are highly prevalent in people with epilepsy (PWE); approximately one third of PWE meet diagnostic criteria for an anxiety and/or a depressive disorder during their lifetime [1]. Anxiety disorders are at least as prevalent as depressive disorders, and frequently co-occur with substantial adverse economic, societal and personal consequences [2–4]. Clinical management of PWE should therefore include screening for the presence of clinically significant levels of anxiety and depression, and once identified, effective interventions should be implemented [5].


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