Epilepsy is a common neurological condition with wide-ranging neuropsychiatric manifestations. The relationship between epilepsy and psychiatry has been recognised for centuries. However, the wide range of neuropsychiatric comorbidities and their extent is only now beginning to be appreciated. The impact of these comorbidities on patients’ help-seeking behaviour, seizure control and quality of life suggests that early detection and treatment are of paramount importance. Clinical issues in relation to accurate recognition and appropriate management of neuropsychiatric conditions in epilepsy are discussed.
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