Epilepsy patients with depression ‘prone to anger’

Posted Feb 26 2014 in Living with epilepsy

Anger appears to be a “distinctive feature” of depression when it manifests as a comorbidity of epilepsy, according to a new report.

The study, published in the Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine, compared 487 adults with the neurological condition against a control group comprising 85 patients with idiopathic major depression.

Each participant completed the Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology Self-Report (IDS-SR) and the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire (BAQ).

BAQ scores, which measure anger, were found to be significantly higher in the epilepsy cohort and showed a strong correlation to their subjects’ IDS-SR readings, even after the researchers discounted potential confounding factors like demographic and clinical variables.

Conversely, this relationship between depression and aggression was not observed in the control group, whose BAQ scores were not consistent with the severity of their symptoms.

“Anger might be a constituent component of depression among epilepsy patients, but not among idiopathic major depression patients,” the researchers summarised.

Posted by Anne Brown

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