This week on Seizing Life® we focus on mental health in children with epilepsy. Madison Berl, a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. joins us to provide an overview of comorbid mental health issues that may arise in children and teens with epilepsy. Madison outlines what parents should be on the lookout for in terms of mental health issues and discusses what to do when psychological or emotional issues arise, including: when to seek professional help, who to consult, and potential treatment options for your child.
We know that epilepsy is more than seizures. An epilepsy diagnosis unfortunately may also result in a number of co-occuring, or “comorbid”, physical and psychological challenges. Studies have shown that both adults and children with epilepsy are at a higher risk of experiencing additional psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD. For children and teens, this can significantly impact their school performance, self-esteem, and interactions with peers during a vital time of social growth and cognitive development. It’s essential that both parents and healthcare providers monitor the psychological and emotional well-being of children with epilepsy. On this episode, Madison Berl provides information, advice, and insights to help parents assess their child’s mental health, discuss potential issues and treatments with their child, and find the appropriate care to help their child deal with psychological and emotional issues connected with an epilepsy diagnosis.
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