Archived AES Symposia 2006
Annual Course: Problems for People with Epilepsy Beyond Seizures
Program Length: 6 hrs 55 min
This one-day course will outline problems faced by people with epilepsy beyond that of their seizures. The course will emphasize four themes: social issues, psychiatric issues, behavioral issues and health issues. For each theme, issues will be addressed for both children and adults. As much as possible there will be an attempt to integrate the basic science that underpins the issues. Speakers will emphasize ways of improving these problems.
See learning objectives listed under each faculty presentation.
Adult and pediatric epileptologists, psychologists, clinical neurophysiologists, nurses and basic science researchers.
Co-chairs: Peter R. Camfield, M.D. and Elinor Ben-Menachem, M.D.
Welcome and Introduction
Peter R. Camfield, M.D.
Social Issues Pediatrics
Long-Term Social Outcomes for Children with Epilepsy
Carol S. Camfield, M.D.
Review data that indicate that children with epilepsy have major social challenges as adults independent of seizure control and discuss effective interventions to minimize these challenges.
Social Stigma for Children with Epilepsy
Joan K. Austin, D.N.S., RN
Assess the nature and origins of social stigmatization experienced by children with epilepsy and develop individual coping strategies for these patients.
Social Issues Adults
Gender Issues: What Are the Most Important Issues for Men and Women with Epilepsy?
Frank G. Gilliam, M.D.
Formulate appropriate treatment strategies based on the varying priorities of men and women with epilepsy.
Driving and Transportation – The Risks and Rules
Joseph Drazkowski, M.D.
Summarize the risks for your patients with epilepsy who wish to drive and the social impact that not driving has on these patients.
Social Stigma for Adults with Epilepsy
Ann Jacoby, Ph.D.
Evaluate the impact of social stigma in adults with epilepsy on how it directly affects their success in life and create methods to support the successes of your patients.
Debate: Depression in Epilepsy Is Caused by Social Stress vs. the Result of Brain Pathology
Joyce A. Cramer, B.S. and Frank G. Gilliam, M.D.
Illustrate the interaction between the biology of depression and the social forces that shape and provoke depression in people with epilepsy.
The Burden of Normalcy
Sarah-Jane Wilson, Ph.D.
Design a counseling approach to improve the quality of life in patients with epilepsy who do not experience a new functional life following the cure of seizures.
Andres M. Kanner, M.D.
Discuss the prevalence, risk factors, and preventive options for patients with epilepsy presenting with depression.
Orrin Devinsky, M.D.
Review and apply recognition and treatment for psychosis associated with epilepsy based on emerging trends.
Debate: Epilepsy Surgery Causes Psychosis vs. It Happens Anyway
Michael R. Sperling, M.D. and Bettina Schmitz, M.D.
Illustrate the role of epilepsy surgery, seizure control and natural history of epilepsy as they relate to your patients with psychosis.
Epilepsy and Art
Steven C. Schachter, M.D.
Recognize how painting gives patients with epilepsy an opportunity to express the impact seizures have on their quality of life.
The Basic Science of Memory as It Applies to Epilepsy
Kimford J. Meador, M.D.
Identify the basic mechanisms of memory problems that affect people with epilepsy and determine how discovering these mechanisms may result in improved treatment strategies.
Memory Problems for People with Epilepsy – Clinical Issues
Christian E. Elger, M.D., Ph.D.
Many people with epilepsy present with memory problems. Evaluate the impact of memory problems in your patients with epilepsy and formulate options to combat this issue.
The Basic Science of Developmental Disorders Related to Epilepsy
Dan C. McIntyre, Ph.D.
Examine the underlying mechanisms responsible for developmental and behavioral disorders in childhood epilepsy.
The Autism–Epilepsy Connection
Paul M. Levisohn, M.D.
Based on the data presented, compare the relationship between seizures and autism and the resulting treatment implications for your patients.
Debate: Screening for Bone Health Is Essential vs. Bone Hypodensity Is Not the Problem
Raj Sheth, M.D. and Cynthia L. Harden, M.D.
Analyze the clinical significance of decreased bone mineral density in people with epilepsy and determine the best approach for prevention in these patients.
The Interaction Between Sleep and Epilepsy
Beth A. Malow, M.D.
Outline the role of sleep in modulating seizure expression in people with epilepsy in an effort to improve your patients’ functioning.
Weight Issues for People with Epilepsy
Elinor Ben-Menachem, M.D.
Recognize the importance of documenting the incidence and cause of obesity and develop preventive strategies for obesity in people with epilepsy.
What Is the Connection Between Migraine and Epilepsy?
Frederick Andermann, M.D.
Implement appropriate treatment strategies to distinguish between migraines and epilepsy and recognize the complexity of interaction between them.
Joseph I. Sirven, M.D.
Discuss complementary medicine treatment options and assess their efficacy in your patients with epilepsy.
Elinor Ben-Menachem, M.D.
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed with regard to unapproved uses of products are solely those of the faculty and are not endorsed by the American Epilepsy Society or any manufacturers of pharmaceuticals.