Archived AES Symposia 2007
Professionals in Epilepsy Care #2: Unique Perspectives of Adolescents: Surviving the Teenage Years
Program Length: 1 hrs 54 min
Adolescents with epilepsy face many unique challenges. In patients with the “classic” history of TLE there is a latent period before refractory seizures emerge around the time of puberty. In addition, all adolescents face issues around identity formation, peer relations, and the emergence of anxiety and depression, but these issues are magnified in epileptic adolescents. This symposium will therefore have two main focuses. The first focus will be on understanding the influence of hormones on epileptic adolescents and the related effects on medication management. The second focus will be on the psychological and psychosocial needs of these epileptic adolescent patients.
- Counsel the anxious adolescent patient with epilepsy on the influence of hormones on emotions in order to ease or reduce anxiety
- Reinforce to the adolescent with epilepsy the existence of normal adolescent challenges so that the patient will put the challenges of epilepsy into a broader context.
Epileptologists, adult and pediatric neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, nurses, social workers, and pharmacists
Unique Perspectives of Adolescents: Surviving the Teenage Years
Kathryn O'Hara, RN; Michael Westerveld, Ph.D., ABPP
Psychological and Psychosocial Implications in Adolescents with Epilepsy: A Unique Perspective
Mary Lou Smith, Ph.D
Hormonal Influences and Treatment in Adolescents with Epilepsy
Pavel Klein, M.D
Case Study Discussion
Kathryn O'Hara, RN
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.