Diagnostic, neuropsychiatric and therapeutic considerations in epilepsy and intellectual disability: medical perspectives

Francesca Snoeijen-Schouwenaars

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Compared with the regular population, epilepsy is more common in people with intellectual disabilities. In addition, epilepsy is more difficult to diagnose and treat. It is striking how little is known about neuropsychiatric comorbidity, despite the fact that we know that this can have a major impact on the quality of life in this already vulnerable target group.
This dissertation makes a start with the improvement of scientifically based considerations in the field of diagnostics, imaging and treatment options for this group. The results are clearly summarized in a graphical overview that can provide professionals with guidance when they encounter neuropsychiatric problems in their daily work. Factors within the intellectual disability itself seem to have more influence on this comorbidity than specific factors within epilepsy.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Aldenkamp, Albert, Supervisor
  • Schelhaas, H.J., Co-Supervisor, External person
  • Hendriksen, Jos, Co-Supervisor
Award date9 Oct 2019
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789463754538
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Intellectual disability
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Therapy
  • Diagnostics

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