Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The correlation of symptoms of depression among younger adults with epilepsy versus older adults with epilepsy
by Carrillo, Stephanie, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 42; 1586150
Abstract (Summary)

Living with a chronic disease such as epilepsy can be a psychological, emotional and physical challenge for adolescents transitioning to adulthood and for older adults who have lived with this disorder for many years. Many individuals who suffer from epilepsy begin to demonstrate symptoms of depression, which can take a toll on their daily life activities. The study examines the impact of epilepsy on young adults and how symptoms of depression can develop as a result the disorder. This study predicted that young adults with a diagnosis of epilepsy experience more symptoms of depression than older adults with epilepsy. It also predicted that females with epilepsy are more inclined to demonstrate more symptoms of depression than males with epilepsy. Results of this study indicate there is no difference in average age between individuals with epilepsy who were not depressed and those who were depressed. Additionally, there is no association between gender and depression symptoms of individuals with epilepsy. Future research should be geared towards having health care professionals more accurately identify and diagnose depression in epileptic individuals.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
Commitee: Erylana, Erylana, Sinay, Tony
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Care Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health care management
Publication Number: 1586150
ISBN: 978-1-321-67131-5
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