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This handbook assembles a team of experts to review the special problems faced by women with epilepsy. Epilepsy treatments affect fertility and can cause pregnancy complications and birth defects, but most of the available drugs have been tested on men. Moreover, hormone effects on seizures are of particular concern to women at puberty, at menopause, and over the menstrual cycle. Many health-care providers are not informed about the unique issues facing women with epilepsy. This book, published in association with the Epilepsy Foundation of America, fills that gap and provides women with epilepsy with the information they need to be effective self-advocates.


Part I. The Woman with Epilepsy: 1. Introduction Martha J. Morrell; 2. Being a woman with epilepsy Lisa Lindahl; 3. The woman with epilepsy: a historical perspective Orrin Devinsky; 4. Quality of life issues for women with epilepsy Joyce A. Cramer; Part II. Epilepsy Diagnosis and Treatment: 5. The genetics of epilepsy Melodie R. Winawer and Ruth Ottman; 6. Antiepileptic drugs and other treatments for epilepsy Jacqueline A. French; 7. Epilepsy in children and adolescents Patricia Crumine; 8. Non-epileptic seizures Steven C. Schacter; Part III. Hormones and the Brain: 9. Brian differences between men and women Paula Shear; 10. Sex hormones and how they act on the brain Philip A. Schwartzkroin; 11. Epilepsy and the menstrual cycle Patricia O. Shafer and Andrew D. Herzog; 12. Menopause and epilepsy Fariha Abbasi and Allan Krumholz; Part IV. Health Challenges for Women with Epilepsy: 13. Reproductive health Martha J. Morrell; 14. Sexual dysfunction in epilepsy Martha J. Morrell; 15. Bone health in women with epilepsy Robert Marcus; 16. Psychiatric complications in epilepsy Laura Marsh; Part V. Family Planning, Pregnancy and Parenting: 17. Family planning and contraceptive choice Pamela Crawford; 18. Obstetrical health and risk of birth defects Mark Yerby, Aline Derdiarian and Yasser Y. El-Sayed; 19. Neurocognitive outcome in children of mothers with epilepsy Kimford J. Meador; 20. Parents with epilepsy Mimi Callanan; Part VI. Living Well with Epilepsy: 21. The impact of epilepsy on relationships Patricia Gibson; 22. Parenting the daughter with epilepsy Joan Kessner Austin and Janet Austin Tooze; 23. Safety issues for women with epilepsy Jeanne Carpenter; 24. Work issues Jim Troxell; Appendix: the Epilepsy Foundation's Campaign for Women's Health Elizabeth A. Borda; Index.


"This is a well-written, well-edited book that conveys a wealth of useful information to women with epilepsy. The editors and co-authors deserve commendation for the useful reference they have created. The book was written in cooperation with the Women with Epilepsy Initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation, whose goal has been to deliver high quality information about epilepsy to women with this condition." Doody's Review ServiceG

"This book not only covers an important topic, but also draws attention to an area of neurological practice that was, until recently, grossly neglected...Women with Epilepsy deserves the attention of the wide audience for whom it is written." The Lancet

"...a wonderful handbook, long needed in the field. I highly recommend Women with Epilepsy: A Handbook of Health and Treatment Issues to all women with epilepsy as well as to interested healthworkers, neurologists, general practioners, or indeed any physician managing the treatment of women with epilepsy." Annals of Neurology

"The fantasy of conjuring up experts to answer vexing conundrums in medicine is made real in this tidy little paperback. This could well have been titled Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Epilepsy...But Were Afraid to Ask." Psychiatry


Martha J. Morrell, Lisa Lindahl, Orrin Devinsky, Joyce A. Cramer, Melodie R. Winawer, Ruth Ottman, Jacqueline A. French, Patricia Crumine, Steven C. Schacter, Paula Shear, Philip A. Schwartzkroin, Patricia O. Shafer, Andrew D. Herzog, Fariha Abbasi, Allan Krumholz, Robert Marcus, Laura Marsh, Pamela Crawford, Mark Yerby, Aline Derdiarian, Yasser Y. El-Sayed, Kimford J. Meador, Mimi Callanan, Patricia Gibson, Joan Kessner Austin, Janet Austin Tooze, Jeanne Carpenter, Jim Troxell, Elizabeth A. Borda

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