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Forgotten Psychiatric Comorbidity in Neurological Disorders

Surbhi Chaturvedi, Rajendra K Sureka, Rishika,  , Apoorv Sharma, Manamita Mandal

Keywords : Epilepsy, Headache, Psychiatric comorbidity, Stroke

Citation Information : Chaturvedi S, Sureka RK, R, Sharma A, Mandal M. Forgotten Psychiatric Comorbidity in Neurological Disorders. J Mahatma Gandhi Univ Med Sci Tech 2017; 2 (3):157-161.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10057-0057

License: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-03-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Introduction Neurological disorders like headache, stroke, and seizures are associated with many psychiatric comorbidities like anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, personality disorders, etc. In order to look for the association of psychiatric comorbidities in epilepsy, headache, and stroke, this study was undertaken as very few studies have been reported from this part of the country so that we can help patients in improving their quality of life. Materials and methods This study was done in Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur, India, by the Department of Neurology and the Department of Psychiatry at the time of 1st visit. Fifty patients each of proved epilepsy, stroke, and headache were enrolled after consent and they were put to screening using the Global Mental Health Assessment Tool (GMHAT) questionnaire and at the same time, Department of Psychiatry assessed comorbidities—depression and anxiety—and made diagnosis using Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A) and Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) scale respectively. Results The GMHAT tool showed that 50% of the patients having headache, 80% of the patients who had stroke, and 72% of the patients suffering from epilepsy had psychiatric comorbidities. The HAM-A scale showed that 40% of the patients with headache, 16% of patients suffering from epilepsy, and 30% of patients with stroke had anxiety as psychiatric comorbidity. The HAM-D scale showed depression in 30% of the patients having headache, 36% of the patients with epilepsy, and 60% of the patients who had stroke. Conclusion Results of our study showed that depression and anxiety are the most frequently encountered psychiatric comorbidities in patients with epilepsy, headache, and stroke. In our study, it was seen that depression was more common as compared with anxiety in patients with epilepsy and stroke, and anxiety was more common as compared with depression in patients with headache. To confirm our findings further, larger multicenter studies are needed. Anxiety and depression should be evaluated by clinicians using these simple screening instruments that can rapidly detect symptoms of these comorbidities in their busy clinical settings. How to cite this article Chaturvedi S, Sureka RK, Rishika, Sharma A, Mandal M. Forgotten Psychiatric Comorbidity in Neurological Disorders. J Mahatma Gandhi Univ Med Sci Tech 2017;2(3):157-161.

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