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  1. Rowland P. Barrett

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0314

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Barrett, R. P. 2010. Epilepsy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The term epilepsy is derived from the Greek word epilambabein, meaning “to attack.” It is defined by repetitive abnormal cerebral neuron firing that may or may not be accompanied by a disturbance of consciousness or an alteration in perceptual motor functioning. Recurrent seizures are a required manifestation of epilepsy.


  • anticonvulsants;
  • head trauma;
  • seizures