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Latest research underlines importance of recognising and treating anxiety in people with epilepsy

A study has found that symptoms of anxiety impair the social function of people with epilepsy, as well as symptoms of depression, cognitive function and seizure severity.

Researchers in Germany screened 40 patients with epilepsy for anxiety, depression, seizure severity and perceived cognitive deficits, as well as social function.

The study showed that depression and 'trait' anxiety, or background, inherited anxiety, had a significant influence on the sample group's social functioning. 

Researchers concluded that anxiety levels should be taken into account in the treatment of people with epilepsy.