Psychiatric comorbidity in Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and seizure disorders

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Psychiatric comorbidities of Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and seizure disorders include depression, anxiety, psychosis, and behavioral problems. They are common complications of both diagnosis and treatment. Shared symptoms of psychiatric comorbidity and neurological illness make identification of psychiatric illness challenging and suggest common underlying pathophysiology for some symptoms. Diagnosis and management of comorbid psychiatric illness should include consideration of multiple causes, including the neurological illness itself, primary psychiatric disorders, side effects of treatment, and other environmental and psychological factors. Treatment of neurological illness is a frequent cause of psychiatric comorbidity and complicates the management of comorbid anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Careful selection and dosing of psychotropic medication can avoid worsening neurological symptoms. Psychotherapy and social support provide effective adjunctive treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-86
Number of pages15
JournalCONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Volume12
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2006

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Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson Disease
Psychiatry
Comorbidity
Epilepsy
Psychotic Disorders
Anxiety
Depression
Psychotherapy
Social Support
Psychology

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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Psychiatric comorbidity in Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and seizure disorders. / Servis, Mark E.

In: CONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology, Vol. 12, No. 5, 10.2006, p. 72-86.

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