A comparative study of obsessive-compulsive disorder and other psychiatric comorbidities in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy and idiopathic generalized epilepsy

Ertekin B. A., Kulaksizoglu I. B., Ertekin E., Gurses C., Bebek N., Gokyigit A., ...More

EPILEPSY & BEHAVIOR, vol.14, no.4, pp.634-639, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2009.01.016
  • Journal Name: EPILEPSY & BEHAVIOR
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.634-639
  • Keywords: Epilepsy, Psychiatric comorbidity, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Lateralization, Temporal lobe epilepsy, CEREBRAL-BLOOD-FLOW, COMPLEX PARTIAL SEIZURES, INTERICTAL BEHAVIOR, PREVALENCE, SCALE, DEPRESSION, SYMPTOMS, OBSESSIONALITY, PHENOMENOLOGY, POPULATION
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Our aim was to assess the associations of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE) with comorbid psychiatric conditions, especially obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), in a comparative design. We evaluated 29 patients with TLE, 27 patients with ICE, and 30 healthy controls. The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID), Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) Symptom Checklist, and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) were administered. Among patients with TLE, 75.9%, and among patients with ICE, 48.1% had at least one Axis 1 psychiatric disorder. Clinically meaningful obsessive-compulsive symptoms (CM-OCS) were noted in 10 patients with TLE and in 3 patients with ICE, and this difference was statistically significant (P < 0.05). CM-OCS were present in 9 of 18 patients with left-sided TLE, but in only 1 of 11 patients with right-sided TLE. Higher comorbidity in TLE Suggests that involvement of the temporal lobe may play a role in the development of specific psychopathological syndromes. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.