Year: 2003 Source: Epilepsia, v.44, no.3, (March 2003), p.419-424 SIEC No: 20030764

This study analyzed depression status in patients who underwent surgical treatment for medically intractable partial epilepsy. Clinical depression indexes were completed for 107 American patients prior to & 1 year after surgery. Results indicated that preoperative symptoms of depression, psychiatric visits, & suicide attempts predicted a worsening of symptoms within the first year after epilepsy surgery. Right-sided epilepsy surgery patients had significantly more postsurgical psychiatric morbidity than did left-sided patients. (29 refs) (SC)