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Assessment of the Quality of Life of Young Men Suffering from Epilepsy

Voitiuk, A.1* & Litovchenko, T.2

1MD, Department of Neurology and Child Neurology, Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Kharkiv, Ukraine
2PhD, Professor, Department of Neurology and Child Neurology, Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Dr. Voitiuk, A., MD, Department of Neurology and Child Neurology, Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Keywords: Epilepsy; Epidemiology; Quality of Life; Depression; Suicide

Abstract

Recently, quite a lot of publications appeared on the problems of epilepsy in women. However, we should not forget that this disease affects the men. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the quality of life of men aged 18-44 years, suffering from epilepsy. According to the results of the study, the patients assessed the average quality of life as “average” or “low”. The attention was also drawn to the consequences that occur in patients with epilepsy, namely depression and suicide. About one in nine men with epilepsy are diagnosed with a serious depressive disorder. Besides men are four times more likely to die from suicide, indicating that many men have undiagnosed mental health problems. Therefore, we should pay attention to the health problems of men and provide them with timely medical care.

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