Psychological Medicine

Original Article

Psychiatric symptom profiles of patients with epilepsy: a controlled investigation

K. F. Standagea1 p1 and G. W. Fentona1

a1 Department of Psychological Medicine, Guy' Hospital, London, Institute of Psychiatry, London


A comparison was made of the mental state of patients with chronic epilepsy and matched controls with locomotor disorders, using a reliable psychiatric interview technique. The symptom profiles of the two groups were similar. The profiles of temporal lobe and other epileptics were also similar. Epileptic patients with a high current psychiatric morbidity were characterized by a raised incidence of previous neurotic illness and raised neuroticism scores on the Eysenck Personality Inventory.


p1 Present address and for correspondence: Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.