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The Handbook of Clinical Neuropsychology$
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Jennifer Gurd, Udo Kischka, and John Marshall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234110

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234110.001.0001

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The epilepsies

The epilepsies

(p.637) Chapter 31 The epilepsies
The Handbook of Clinical Neuropsychology

Pamela J. Thompson

Oxford University Press

Clinical neuropsychology is able to make a unique contribution to the management of epilepsy. Neuropsychological deficits are hidden and are often overlooked as most attention is focused on seizures and the need for control. Undetected cognitive deficits will have far reaching negative consequences that extend beyond academic concerns. The longer cognitive problems go unrecognized the worse the outcome and the more difficult it can be to redress the effects. A neuropsychological assessment provides a systematic and standardized record of cognitive strengths and weaknesses and can be vital in the management of the epilepsies. This chapter begins with a general description of epilepsy. It then discusses investigations for epilepsy, treatment, neuropsychological deficits, chronic cognitive disturbance, neuropsychological impact of treatment, psychological disorders associated with epilepsy, and neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation.

Keywords:   neuropsychological assessment, epilepsy management, cognitive deficit, epilepsy, treatment for epilepsy

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