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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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CHACON NARVAEZ, Viviana; MUNOZ ANDUQUIA, Claudia Ximena; RIVAS NIETO, Juan Carlos  e  MIRANDA BASTIDAS, Carlos Alberto. Descriptive Study of the Prevalence of Depression in Patients with Epilepsy from the Hospital Departamental Psiquiátrico Universitario del Valle (HDPUV) and Liga Contra la Epilepsia (LCE) in Cali, Colombia.. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2007, vol.36, n.1, pp.31-40. ISSN 0034-7450.

Objective: To find the prevalence of depressive symptoms in outpatients with epilepsy, treated at two tertiary care centres in April 2004 and describe the prevalence of depression registered in both institutions in 2003. Methods: Descriptive study with 100 subjects over 18 years old. Sample collected in April 2004. Patients completed the Beck Depression Inventory and the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression. Data analysis with EPIINFO version 3.2, 2004. Results: Prevalence registered for depression was 27.6 at the HDPUV, and 24.5 at the LCE in 2003. In our study, 59% of patients had a diagnosis of depression. There was a statistical association between the frequency of seizures and depression (X2 = 6.46, P< 0.05). Conclusions: Depressive symptoms are frequent in patients with epilepsy. Under-recording is common, causing problems in diagnosis and treatment. Seizure control could predict depression in epileptic patients.

Palavras-chave : Depression; epilepsy; Comorbidity, Beck, Hamilton.

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