September 23, 2020

Incidence of Anxiety in Epilepsy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Abstract, published in Epilepsy & Behavior

Purpose: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has affected people globally, and people with chronic diseases are suffering more in maintaining their mental and physical health. We thus performed a cross-sectional, case-control study to assess the anxiety level in people with epilepsy compared with the general population.

Results & Conclusions: Data showed that 13.5% of patients had experienced a severe level of anxiety, but the average anxiety level between groups did not show significant difference. Although still many aspects of the pandemic on people with epilepsy are yet to be determined, active investigation of psychological sequels of the pandemic is demanded.

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