Psychological management of intractable seizures in an adolescent with a learning disability

C G McCusker, E M Hicks, Chris McCusker

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Psychological interventions aimed at seizure management are described with a 14-year-old buy with a learning disability and intractable epilepsy. Baseline records suggested that a majority of tonic seizures and 'drop attacks' were associated with going off to sleep and by environmental 'startles'. Psychological formulation implicated sudden changes in arousal levels as an underlying mechanism of action. Cognitive-behavioural countermeasures were employed to alter arousal levels and processes in different ways in different 'at-risk' situations. A multiple baseline design was used to control for non-specific effects of interventions on non-targeted seizures. Results suggested significant declines in the number of sleep onset and startle-response seizures were attained by these methods. Gains were maintained at 2-month follow-up. (C) 1999 BEA Trading Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-360
Number of pages3
JournalSeizure-European journal of epilepsy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1999

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