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.
|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|
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