Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 267-272

The impact of affective state on quality of life in focal epilepsy in Turkey

1 Department of Neurology, Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Neurology, Istanbul Bilim University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
3 Department of Neurology, Neurology Clinic, Bakirkoy Training and Research Hospital for Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders, Istanbul, Turkey
4 Department of Neurology, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Emine Taskiran
Department of Neurology, Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa, Fatih 34098, Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jnrp.jnrp_324_18

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Context: Seizures and accompanying situations including social, medical, and psychiatric problems threaten the quality of life (QOL) in patients with epilepsy. The World Health Organization defines health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Aims: This study examines the prevalence of both depression and anxiety symptoms and also impact of the affective state on QOL in patients with focal epilepsy in Turkey. Settings and Design: One hundred and five patients with focal epilepsy over 18 years old were included in this study. The patients were classified into four groups according to the presence of AS and seizure control. Subjects and Methods: Patients' affective symptoms (AS) and QOL were examined using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and QOL in Epilepsy Inventory-31 (QOLIE-31). Statistical Analysis Used: We used descriptive statistics, Chi-square test, independent samples t-test, one-way analysis of variance, Mann–Whitney U-test, Kruskal–Wallis H-test, and also Pearson's and Spearman's correlation test for correlations. Results: There were positive correlations between total QOLIE-31 score and epilepsy surgery, employment, and seizure freedom, whereas negative correlations were found with antiepileptic drug use, anxiety, and depression. Statistically significant differences were found in QOLIE-31 totals and subscores between Groups 3 and 4 (P < 0.05). Conclusions: The presence of AS has a negative impact on QOL in patients with focal epilepsy. Physicians should be aware that psychiatric comorbidities in epilepsy have a severe impact and epilepsy treatment requires comprehensive management.

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