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Addressing Mental Health Needs of Patients with Epilepsy

Epilepsy Behav; ePub 2018 Oct; Sajatovic et al.


A community-based program that helps patients with epilepsy self-manage their condition and related psychiatric problems has proven effective in reducing the severity of depression according to a study published in Epilepsy and Behavior.

  • Community Targeted Self-Management for Epilepsy and Mental Illness (C-TIME), a behavioral program, consisted of ten 60 to 90-minute sessions conducted over 12 weeks.
  • The program included outreach and engagement efforts to help patients suffering from both epilepsy and mental health conditions.
  • Thirty patients were enrolled in the program; four months after participating in C-TIME, 66% of the enrolled patients were available for outcome evaluation.
  • Researchers reported significant reduction in depression severity, and more than 90% of the group said they were satisfied with results.

Sajatovic M, Needham K, Colón-Zimmermann K, et al. The Community-targeted Self-management of Epilepsy and Mental Illness (C-TIME) initiative: A research, community, and healthcare administration partnership to reduce epilepsy burden [published online ahead of print October 29, 2018]. Epilepsy Behav.

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