A study on the temperament of the children suffering from epilepsy at a tertiary care hospital
Nikhil Chougule, Alok Ghanate, SS Kale, Kaveri Udagave
Introduction: Living with epilepsy generally involves more than adjustment to the intermittent episodes, long term drug therapy and medical supervisions. Those suffering from epilepsy also have to learn to cope with the immense hurt, due to social apathy, neglect, and the aversion stemming from revulsion. Many of those who have written of the psychosocial problems associated with epilepsy have confidently asserted that these are almost always caused by public discrimination arising out of the perception of epilepsy as stigmatizing. Methodology: The study was conducted in a tertiary care, teaching hospital in Navi-Mumbai. 50 consecutive children in the age range of 4-14 years attending pediatric epilepsy clinic in a general hospital were selected for the study. 50 healthy children matched for age, sex and socio-economic strata with no acute illness at the time of interview constituted the control group. Results: Upon application of Chi-square Test, the difference between psychopathology and the individual variables of TMS such as, activity level, intensity, distractibility and rhythmicity was found to be statistically significant( p value <0.05). Conclusion: The temperament in terms of activity level, intensity, distractibility and rhythmicity, displayed a high level of alteration in children suffering from epilepsy.
Nikhil Chougule, Alok Ghanate, SS Kale, Kaveri Udagave. A study on the temperament of the children suffering from epilepsy at a tertiary care hospital. International Journal of Medicine Research, Volume 1, Issue 2, 2016, Pages 156-158