Narcolepsy-Cataplexy

II. Psychosocial Consequences and Associated Psychopathology

Anthony Kales, Constantin R. Soldatos, Edward Bixler, Alex Caldwell, Roger J. Cadieux, Jeffrey M. Verrechio, Joyce D. Kales

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Abstract

The emotional and psychosocial correlates of narcolepsy were evaluated in 50 adults who had a current complaint of sleep attacks and cataplexy. The psychosocial consequences of narcolepsy were extensive; most patients reported that the condition seriously affected their interpersonal, marital, work, and social relationships. Many of these consequences were caused by others’ misunderstanding of the symptoms of the disorder, which resulted in negative attitudes toward the patients. The narcoleptic patients showed high levels of psychopathology compared with controls, but this difference is considered to be primarily a reaction to the disorder and its effects. The narcoleptic patients were overly concerned with emotional control, which appeared to lead to their generalized lack of expressiveness and tendency to build up emotional pressure. Based on these findings, recommendations are given for the psychosocial management of the narcoleptic patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-171
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Neurology
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

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Cataplexy
Narcolepsy
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Emotion

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Kales, A., Soldatos, C. R., Bixler, E., Caldwell, A., Cadieux, R. J., Verrechio, J. M., & Kales, J. D. (1982). Narcolepsy-Cataplexy: II. Psychosocial Consequences and Associated Psychopathology. Archives of Neurology, 39(3), 169-171. https://doi.org/10.1001/archneur.1982.00510150039009
Kales, Anthony ; Soldatos, Constantin R. ; Bixler, Edward ; Caldwell, Alex ; Cadieux, Roger J. ; Verrechio, Jeffrey M. ; Kales, Joyce D. / Narcolepsy-Cataplexy : II. Psychosocial Consequences and Associated Psychopathology. In: Archives of Neurology. 1982 ; Vol. 39, No. 3. pp. 169-171.
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