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      Association between leisure time, physical activity, and mood disorder levels in individuals with epilepsy.

      Epilepsy & Behavior

      Adolescent, Adult, Epilepsy, complications, Female, Humans, Leisure Activities, psychology, Linear Models, Male, Middle Aged, Mood Disorders, etiology, Motor Activity, physiology, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Questionnaires, Young Adult

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          The aim of this study was to investigate the association between physical activity levels (occupational, sports, and leisure time activities), depression, anxiety, and epilepsy. The behavioral outcomes of individuals with epilepsy (E) were also compared with healthy control subjects (C). The sample included 31 individuals with epilepsy (12 with idiopathic generalized epilepsy and 19 with partial epilepsy) and 31 control subjects. Self-rating questionnaires were used to assess mood (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and Beck Depression Inventory), anxiety, and depression as well as habitual physical activity. Patients with epilepsy were more severely impaired compared to control subjects in both mood questionnaires and presented higher levels of depression (35%), state anxiety (18%), and trait anxiety (12.6%) when compared to the C group. Although physical activity level did not differ significantly between groups, linear regression analyses showed that the physical activity leisure level predicted 31% of depression levels and 26% of anxiety levels in the E group. These data suggest that low levels of physical activity may be considered a risk factor for the development of depression and anxiety and can play an important role in the quality of life of individuals with epilepsy. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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