Mental health

Psychological interventions in adults and children with epilepsy

Question 10: In adults and children with epilepsy, which psychological interventions used as adjunctive therapies with antiepileptic drugs when compared to placebo/comparator produce benefits/harm in specified outcomes?

Management of epilepsy

  • Population: adults and children with epilepsy
  • Interventions: psychological interventions (relaxation therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, educational programmes, family counselling, yoga)
  • Comparison: treatment as usual
  • Outcomes:
    • improvement in seizure frequency
    • improved quality of life.


Psychological treatments such as relaxation therapy, treatments based on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) principles, psychoeducational programmes and family counseling may be considered as adjunctive treatment for epilepsy.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

Information and advice on avoiding high risk activities and first aid relevant to the person and family members should be routinely given in a culturally appropriate and sensitive manner.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG

Evidence profile