Mood changes in epilepsy patients treated with vagus nerve stimulation

Cynthia L. Harden

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Abstract

Epilepsy treatments are often used by psychiatrists for their mood-stabilizing effects. Epilepsy patients treated with vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) have experienced improvements in mood and attentiveness. This anecdotal observation prompted several epileptologists to evaluate whether VNS has a quantifiable effect on mood improvement in epilepsy patients. The studies on mood changes in epilepsy patients are reviewed herein, and their implications regarding mood evaluation in epilepsy, the use of VNS in patients with psychiatric disorders, and the effect of seizure frequency on mood and anxiety are further discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S17-S20
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume2
Issue number3 SUPPL. 3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Epilepsy
  • Mood changes
  • Vagus nerve stimulation

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