The diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in patients with epilepsy.

TitleThe diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in patients with epilepsy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBrown M-G, Becker DA, Pollard JR, Anderson CT
JournalCurrent neurology and neuroscience reports
Volume13
Issue6
Pagination351
Date Published2013 Jun
Abstract

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) can cause significant impairment in psychosocial and scholastic achievement. AD/HD should be appropriately managed even if patients have comorbid epilepsy. The diagnosis and treatment of AD/HD in patients with epilepsy presents several challenges. Differentiating independent problems in attention from frequent epileptic seizures is the first step in evaluating these individuals. Once this is accomplished the formal independent diagnosis of AD/HD can be pursued. Data from non-epileptic AD/HD populations should be applied with caution to patients with epilepsy. Once attention deficit disorder has been diagnosed formally, choices in treatment can create other problems as some pharmacological treatments for AD/HD pose a risk of exacerbating seizures. This article serves as a review for the diagnosis and treatment of AD/HD spectrum disorders in patients with epilepsy.

DOI10.1093/jac/dkt230
Alternate JournalCurr Neurol Neurosci Rep