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Psychomotor Epilepsy and Aggressive Behavior

Psychomotor Epilepsy and Aggressive Behavior Abstract The literature states that patients with psychomotor epilepsy are prone to aggressive acting-out behavior. Of 150 epileptic patients whose seizures were photographed, 42 had ictal psychomotor automatisms and 15 had postictal psychomotor attacks. There was no instance of ictal or postictal aggression in this study. When there was danger of aggressive behavior, it could promptly be averted by abandoning restraint efforts. To define the characteristics of the aggression prone individual, 700 charts were reviewed; 34 patients were found who had committed aggressive acts. The profile of the aggression-prone individual which emerged was that of a young man of lower-than-average intelligence with a history of behavioral difficulties dating back to school age and who did not have strong religious ties. Presence or absence of psychomotor epilepsy was not a relevant variable. References 1. Grinker RR, Sahs AL: Neurology , ed 6. Springfield, Ill, Charles C Thomas Publishers, 1966. 2. Kolb LC: Noyes Modern Clinical Psychiatry . Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1968. 3. Houts M ed: Trauma . New York, Matthews Bender & Co Inc, 1964, vol 6, No. 4. 4. Gibbs FA, Rich CL, Gibbs EL: Psychomotor variant type of seizure discharge . Neurology 13:991-998, 1963.Crossref 5. Mark VH, Ervin FR: Violence and the Brain . New York, Harper & Row Publishers, 1970. 6. Crichton M: The Terminal Man . New York, Alfred A Knopf Inc, 1972. 7. Gloor P: Discussion, in Kaada B: Brain mechanisms related to aggressive behavior . UCLA Forum Med Sci 7:95-133, 1967. 8. Ounsted C: Aggression and epilepsy: Rage in children with temporal lobe epilepsy . J Psychosom Res 13:237-242, 1969.Crossref 9. Kaada B: Brain mechanisms related to aggressive behavior . UCLA Forum Med Sci 7:95-133, 1967. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of General Psychiatry American Medical Association

Psychomotor Epilepsy and Aggressive Behavior

Archives of General Psychiatry , Volume 28 (2) – Feb 1, 1973

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1973 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0003-990X
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1598-3636
DOI
10.1001/archpsyc.1973.01750320044007
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Abstract

Abstract The literature states that patients with psychomotor epilepsy are prone to aggressive acting-out behavior. Of 150 epileptic patients whose seizures were photographed, 42 had ictal psychomotor automatisms and 15 had postictal psychomotor attacks. There was no instance of ictal or postictal aggression in this study. When there was danger of aggressive behavior, it could promptly be averted by abandoning restraint efforts. To define the characteristics of the aggression prone individual, 700 charts were reviewed; 34 patients were found who had committed aggressive acts. The profile of the aggression-prone individual which emerged was that of a young man of lower-than-average intelligence with a history of behavioral difficulties dating back to school age and who did not have strong religious ties. Presence or absence of psychomotor epilepsy was not a relevant variable. References 1. Grinker RR, Sahs AL: Neurology , ed 6. Springfield, Ill, Charles C Thomas Publishers, 1966. 2. Kolb LC: Noyes Modern Clinical Psychiatry . Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1968. 3. Houts M ed: Trauma . New York, Matthews Bender & Co Inc, 1964, vol 6, No. 4. 4. Gibbs FA, Rich CL, Gibbs EL: Psychomotor variant type of seizure discharge . Neurology 13:991-998, 1963.Crossref 5. Mark VH, Ervin FR: Violence and the Brain . New York, Harper & Row Publishers, 1970. 6. Crichton M: The Terminal Man . New York, Alfred A Knopf Inc, 1972. 7. Gloor P: Discussion, in Kaada B: Brain mechanisms related to aggressive behavior . UCLA Forum Med Sci 7:95-133, 1967. 8. Ounsted C: Aggression and epilepsy: Rage in children with temporal lobe epilepsy . J Psychosom Res 13:237-242, 1969.Crossref 9. Kaada B: Brain mechanisms related to aggressive behavior . UCLA Forum Med Sci 7:95-133, 1967.

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Archives of General PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 1, 1973

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