It has been shown that group therapy programs delivered over the telephone or internet are effective in reducing depressive symptoms for people with epilepsy. A unique aspect of these programs is that they can be completed at home, which is important for adults who live in rural areas and/or without a driver’s license.

Dr. Kathryn Hum and her collaborators are comparing the efficacy of two telephone-based programs – the UPLIFT and EpINFO programs – designed for people with epilepsy and depression. Dr. Hum plans to examine the effects of these programs on depressive symptoms and quality of life. This study also hopes to determine whether social support or the specific strategies learned in therapy play a greater role in easing depression.

Data from over 40 participants have been collected. A second round of participant recruitment will begin in a few months. Individuals who are interested in learning more about the study are asked to contact the study coordinator at

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