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Affective Illness and Epilepsy

J Clin Psychiatry 1997;58:498 [letter]
Copyright 1997 Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc.

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Letter to the Editor

Sir: We read with interest the paper by Dr. Blumer because affective illness in patients with epilepsy is an important problem, but we do not believe the data he presents adequately support his hypothesis. The concept of “subictal affective illness” was popular some years ago. Some patients with temporal lobe seizures experience affective symptoms acutely as an ictal phenomenon, but cases in which chronic affective symptoms are due to epileptic discharges have not been documented.