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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD

The inattention and vacant look seen in any child, particularly in children with ADHD, can be misinterpreted as absence seizures. However, absence seizures are almost always characterized by brief episodes of disconnection with sudden onset and termination, usually occurring many times a day. In contrast, the distractability associated with ADHD depends on whether the child is motivated by ongoing activities. Hyperventilation should precipitate an absence attack and make the diagnosis obvious.

ADHDpersonality disorders

Clinical epidemiologic investigations have found the incidence of ADHD to be 3 5 times higher in the population with epilepsy than in the general population (Aldenkamp et al, 2006 Hempel et al, 1995) . There is still a significant controversy over whether treatment of the ADHD in these children may reduce the seizure threshold in patients with active epilepsy. The clinical scenario is also clouded by the fact that phenobarbital may exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD in children. The interplay of these disorders is complex in a series of EEG studies recorded in ADHD patients, one author found that 30 had unequivocal epi-leptiform activity (Hughes et al, 2000). The incidence of personality disorders in those with epilepsy is also higher than the norm, recently estimated at 4 38 (Swinkels e t al, 2005) . The types of disorders identified are varied, and further investigation and more clear categorization of the risk and type of coping strategies and personality responses in epilepsy are...

Attention Deficit Disorders

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a clinically complex, heterogeneous psychiatric disorder diagnosed in childhood with approximately 50 of those patients continuing to exhibit symptoms throughout adult life. Attention deficit disorders and behavioural disturbances are significantly more common among PWE than in the general population (see Table 15.1). In children, the prevalence rates of inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity may be affected by severity of epilepsy, with increasing rates seen in children with severe epilepsy 45 . Additionally, disruptive behaviour disorder has been reported in 21 of children with complex partial seizures, 23 of children with generalized seizure disorder and 7 of childhood controls 46 . Prevalence rates may also be affected by type of epilepsy. Generalized epilepsies have been associated with impairment of sustained attention, while non-dominant hemispheric foci are also thought to have an affect on attention. Thirty-three per cent...

Adhd In Adults

The DSM-IV-R criteria for adult diagnosis of ADHD contain three critical elements childhood onset, presence of significant symptoms and impairment from these symptoms in at least two domains of school work, social interaction or home life. Further evaluation of an initial presentation with a co-morbid condition may lead to an eventual diagnosis of ADHD. Presenting symptoms and history may need to be corroborated with third parties. Psychiatric disorders most commonly associated with ADHD in adults are anxiety, substance abuse, bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder. Lower educational and occupational achievement has been reported.

Examination And Investigations

Neuropsychological investigation showed subnormal intelligence (Wechsler full-scale intelligence quotient (IQ) was 56), with corresponding verbal and performance scores (verbal IQ was 62 and performance IQ was 54). Beery tests for psychomotor development showed a psychomotor delay of about 3 years, a delay in language development, and symptoms of ADHD (especially attentional deficits and hyperactive behavior) and conduct disorders. There was evidence that the ADHD was a secondary symptom. During several periods, the sudden drops in alertness were observed. After such episodes, the symptoms of ADHD increased.

Treatment And Outcome

In this patient, treatment was initiated with ethosuximide 250 mg twice daily using 62.5 mg ml syrup however, the syrup was changed to tablets after poor drug compliance and the dose was increased to 750 mg day. At this dose the patient was reported to be slow and tired, and seizure frequency increased. After the dose was lowered to 500 mg day, his seizure frequency decreased. Because we considered the ADHD symptoms to be secondary, no pharmacological treatment for ADHD was started. To assist the patient's parents, practical counseling was provided in the home, especially focused on improving the family's strategies for coping with the epilepsy and the bad behavior and on implementing strategies to improve drug compliance. A behavior modification program was also started to reduce self-induction. About years after starting this combined treatment strategy, the patient was considered almost seizure-free.

Classification of aggression

Aggressive behaviour can be observed in the context of different medical, neurological and psychiatric disorders and diseases. It is a common problem in patients with mental retardation, possibly due to impaired social perception or deficits in expressing personal needs (Barratt et al., 1997 Gunn, 1977 Kligman and Goldberg, 1975 Saver et al., 1996). Aggressive behaviour in the context of organic brain disease like frontal or hypothalamic brain tumours, neuro-degenerative disease, delirium or drug abuse is often malstructured, defensive and tends to occur in the context of states of confusion and diffuse emotional arousal. Goal-directed and well-planned acts of aggression can occur on the background of psychiatric disorders like psychosis with delusional states, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHA) or bipolar disorder. It is frequently observed in patients with antisocial personality disorder (APD) where it is part of the characteristic trait-like behaviour (Barratt et al.,...

What Possible Strategies Exist For The Improvement Of Psychiatric Care For Patients With Refractory Epilepsy

At each level of the spectrum of training there are possible improvements that could focus treatment on both abolishing seizures and treating the comorbidities that would facilitate the best overall health. At the resident level, clearly more didactic sessions, interdisciplinary interactions at conferences and in clinics and more exposure to the outpatient management of mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis and ADHD would be helpful in the training of a neurologist. Specifically, more emphasis on the frontal lobe-related and affective portions of the mental status examination would be helpful, and neurobehavioral rounds in an outpatient or inpatient setting can serve to better integrate the disciplines (Matthews et al., 1998) . The current moment seems an excellent time to develop a curriculum for our residents in psychiatry the residents just starting mandatory rotations and their psychiatry mentors seem ideally positioned to comment on what that experience should entail. What rotations...

Frontal lobe and behaviour disorders

The finding of antisocial and aggressive behaviour with frontal lobe damage is not in itself new. A prominent and often cited example is the historic case of Phineas Gage, who after an accident with a severe frontal brain injury changed from a well-mannered man into an irresponsible and convention-neglecting person (Damasio et al., 1994 Harlow, 1868). New in the study of Anderson et al. (1999) is the finding that whether patients not only display severe behavioural disorders but also fail to see the moral of the behaviour depends on the age at the lesion onset (Dolan, 1999). Consequently, the orbito-frontal cortex seems not only important for behaviour control but also for the acquisition of social and interpersonal rules. It is important to note that irresponsible, aggressive and sociopathic behaviours can occur independent of intellectual abilities, which are often well preserved in frontal lesions. Other areas in which the orbital and medial prefrontal cortex are believed to play a...

Differential diagnosis

In the differential diagnosis, two aspects of CSWS should be considered the typical EEG findings during sleep, and the acute onset of cognitive and behavioral regression With respect to EEG changes, patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) may also show nearly continuous slow spike-and-wave discharges during sleep (see Chapter 25) . However, patients with LGS are often developmentally delayed from early childhood, and usually do not have an abrupt regression as seen in CSWS . Further, LGS patients often exhibit a combination of myoclonic, tonic, atonic, and atypical absence seizures that are difficult to control Another syndrome characterized by abundant epileptiform discharges during sleep is benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (aka, benign Rolandic epilepsy) . Clinically, these patients may have learning disability or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but significant regression is not seen. Finally, in the differential of CSWS is Landau-Kleffner...

Attention and Concentration

An increased risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children with epilepsy has been reported in many studies,23 with estimates ranging from 17 to 58 . . Prevalence of ADHD does not appear to vary by seizure type or between localization-related versus generalized epilepsies.23 Children with epilepsy and ADHD differ from other samples of children with ADHD by the higher proportion of children with ADHD predominantly inattentive type and by an equal male female ratio.24 There are potentially important consequences for cognition of the coexistence of ADHD and epilepsy. A comparison of groups of children with complex partial seizures with and without ADHD, children with ADHD alone, and healthy controls demonstrated that those with seizures have significant difficulty with sustained attention and maintenance of consistency of responding over time regardless of diagnosis of ADHD. However, impairments on attention tasks were greatest in the combined seizure plus ADHD...

Restless Legs Syndrome

We include this syndrome, though generally thought of as a condition of middle age, because it may present in childhood as an attention deficit disorder (95) and hence the possibility of misdiagnosis as absence epilepsy. Recognition is worthwhile as it tends to be exquisitely dopa sensitive (96). It is seen in children with leukemia, often as a consequence of chemothera-peutic agents, and in this situation may be responsive to benzodiazepines. In children with renal failure, it is important that iron deficiency is treated.

Lglutamate Signal Analysis

Comparison of release and uptake parameters in our laboratory has allowed us to characterize glutamate regulation in normal and aged animals and also to explore the role of glutamate in Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder through animal models. As stated earlier, our glutamate-sensitive MEA can be utilized not only for real-time monitoring of resting glutamate levels, but also for investigation of complex release and or uptake mechanisms. A better understanding of the glutamate neurotransmission dysregulation present in epilepsy may offer novel therapeutic targets and diagnostic techniques, in addition to more accurate seizure prediction. Glutamate regulation characteristics may also become important in rapidly distinguishing diseased from non-disease tissue. This could prove very helpful to neurosurgeons performing seizure focus resection surgery.

Diagnostic approach

Routine Head Mri

Seizures frequently accompany stroke-like episodes . Onset of a motor deficit may precede a cluster of prolonged seizures rather than seizures followed by Todd's paralysis however, this distinction is difficult to make in children . Fixed hemiparesis contralateral to the facial angioma eventually occurs in 50 of children . It often appears after a focal-onset seizure and progresses in severity in a stuttering fashion after subsequent seizures Transient episodes of hemiplegia, not related to clinical or EEG evidence of seizure activity, may also occur. Some patients have associated migrainelike headache, attention deficit disorder, and mental retardation Glaucoma occurs in

Tuberous sclerosis

Epilepsy is the presenting symptom in 80 or more of patients. It can take the form of neonatal seizures, West syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or as adult onset partial or generalized seizures. About two-thirds of patients present with seizures before the age of 2 years, with motor seizures, drop attacks or infantile spasms. About 25 of all cases of West syndrome are due to tuberous sclerosis. The skin is abnormal in almost all patients, and skin lesions include hypomelanotic macules (87-100 of patients), facial angiofibromas (47-90 ), shagreen patches (20-80 ), fibrous facial plaques, and subungual fibromas (17-87 ). The facial angiofibromas cause disfigurement, but none of the skin lesions result in more serious medical problems. CNS tumours are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. The brain lesions can be distinguished on the basis of MRI studies and comprise subependymal glial nodules (90 of cases), cortical tubers (70 of cases), and subependymal giant cell astrocytomas...

Behaviour Problems

Parents of children with epilepsy report behaviour problems more often than parents of normal, healthy children 35, 38, 40, 41 . In addition, there is a very high rate of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among children with epilepsy. In one recent rigorous study, 38 of children and adolescents with epilepsy had probable ADHD 42 . While there is concern that stimulants can lower a patient's seizure threshold, methylphenidate does appear to be safe and efficacious in children with the dual diagnoses of ADHD and epilepsy 43, 44 . Atomoxetine, a non-stimulant medication used to treat ADHD, is an alternative for children who cannot tolerate stimulants because of seizure exacerbation or other side-effects, but who need treatment for ADHD.

Psychiatric Issues

In addition to ADHD, psychiatric disorders such as depression are quite prevalent in children with epilepsy. Mental health disorders are too often overlooked. Patients with chronic disease, especially epilepsy, are more likely to experience depression, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts than patients who are otherwise healthy. Unfortunately, patients with epilepsy may have greater difficulty accessing the appropriate treatment for mental health disease. In one recent study, 61 of epilepsy patients qualified for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV) diagnoses, but only half of those had ever received specific mental health care 45 .


Either CPSs or true absence can be accompanied by automatisms such as eye fluttering, lip smacking, or hand wringing (72,74). In children, these epileptic seizures, especially absence, may be difficult to distinguish from lapses of attention commonly seen with attention deficit disorders (ADD ADHD).

Figure 171

The cognitive outcome is favorable (9). In patients with long-term follow-up, 81.6 are normal, while 14.47 have mild retardation and attend a specialized school, none being institutionalized. Associated conditions may account for some of these unfavorable courses one of our patients had Down syndrome. In other cases, the myoclonic seizures had remained untreated for many years. Mangano et al. (18) reported the cognitive and behavioral outcome in seven patients. Five were normal, one had a slight and one a moderate mental retardation, and all but one also had attention deficit disorder. The pathogenesis of such unfavorable outcomes is probably multifactorial. In addition to the existence of co-pathologies, it appears that treatment delay (in patients with frequent attacks), familial anxiety, and inappropriate educational attitudes, as well

Ns stimulants

These are the first choice for therapy of ADHD. Methylphenidate and amphetamine compounds remain the most commonly used stimulants. Their safety and efficacy have been well established and they work in a dose-dependent manner. Their effectiveness in controlling symptoms has varied according to different trials from as high as 68-80 in children to 30-50 in children and adults (28 to 70 in adolescents). Because of recent deaths associated with the treatment of stimulant therapy, the Pediatric Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing approved ADHD medications for possible cardiac adverse effects. A black box warning has not been recommended at this time. However, we have decided to obtain electrocardiograms, with clearance by a cardiologist if necessary, in our patients prior to starting stimulant pharmacotherapy. Alternative pharmacological options include the use of anti-depressants. The TCAs are effective in children with ADHD and may be particularly useful...


Children with epilepsy have substantially more problems with behavior and difficulties with school performance than siblings or normal population controls. Problems with attention and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are found consistently in the evaluation of both emotional troubles and academic delays. In this chapter there are two primary questions. Is ADHD in epilepsy the expression of a neurological disorder Is ADHD in epilepsy different from ADHD in children without epilepsy In this chapter we will review studies of the prevalence of problems of attention in children with epilepsy and will explore possible reasons for difficulties with attention in this population. We also will address the controversy about the most appropriate treatment for the child with ADHD and epilepsy. ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER ADHD is one of the most extensively studied disorders in child and adolescent psychiatry. ADHD affects 4 12 of children and 3 5 of adults. The...