Walking the Line between Neurological and Mental Health Disorders: New Ways of Thinking for Better Diagnosis and Treatment
Free Public Lecture
Lecture Theatre 2 (Basement Level 1)
207 Bouverie Street
Great Minds Lecture
Mental health disorders have traditionally been considered separately from neurological disorders in clinical practice, in terms of their underlying neurobiology, methods of diagnosis and treatment. This talk will use the common neurological condition of epilepsy to challenge this long-held view given its high rate of mental health disorders, particularly depression and anxiety. While previously considered downstream consequences of living with epilepsy and its stigma, new thinking about the relationship between neurological and mental health disorders now frames these as ‘essential co-morbidities’. This talk will explore some of the neurobiological, clinical and epidemiological evidence for this new approach and the implications that it has for clinical diagnosis and treatment.