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EEG in Psychiatric Disorders: Does It Have a Role in Their Evaluation? 

EEG in Psychiatric Disorders: Does It Have a Role in Their Evaluation?
EEG in Psychiatric Disorders: Does It Have a Role in Their Evaluation?

Andres M. Kanner

, and Adriana Bermeo-Ovalle

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date: 28 September 2020

Psychiatric symptoms are not restricted to primary psychiatric disorders and are relatively frequent in medical and neurological disorders. They may represent the clinical manifestations of these disorders, of a comorbid psychiatric disorder, or of iatrogenic complications of pharmacological and/or surgical therapies. Clearly, proper diagnosis is of the essence to provide the correct treatment. Electroencephalographic (EEG) studies are used on a regular basis to identify a potential organic cause of psychiatric symptomatology. This chapter reviews the diagnostic yield of EEG recordings in psychiatric symptomatology associated with primary psychiatric disorders, with neurological and medical conditions, and in particular with epilepsy, and provides suggestions on the optimal use of the different types of EEG recordings in clinical practice.

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