Psychiatric comorbidities in epilepsy: do they further increase mortality?

Takeaway

  • In patients with epilepsy, lifetime history of a psychiatric disorder resulted in a significantly increased risk of mortality when compared to those without a psychiatric condition.

Why this matters

  • People with epilepsy have an estimated 2.3-fold increased risk of mortality compared to the general population, as well as high rates of psychiatric comorbidities and suicide.

  • The additional increase in mortality identified in patients with comorbid psychiatric conditions underlines the importance of routinely assessing for and treating psychiatric conditions in people with epilepsy.