Are there any neurological links between psychopathy and epilepsy or autism or ADD?
Definitely a link between epilepsy and autism and ADD...
regarding the psychopathy, I'll bet in many cases there is an
association there as well. I have two children who are patients of
Dr. Michael Goldberg, who is pursuing this theory in treating
children. You can information regarding underlying neuroimmune
disease processes on his website at ... he is helping kids with
autism, ADD and epilepsy by treating their immune dysfunction.
Spend some time reading in his "Articles" section at and you may
begin to understand the relationship between the disorders. The
diagnoses are really just a description of a set of symptoms rather
than a description of what is wrong inside of the body.
Roughly 20% of kids with an autism diagnosis will eventually
develop epilepsy, and I recentle read that there is a higher than
average concordance between epilepsy and ADD as well.
Here is a link (published in the Annals of Neurology) to a study
clearly showing immune dysfunction and inflammation in the brain in
...and here is another interesting link...
clinic posting this page is doing wonders for children)
I'll stop here, but will end by saying that there is a lot of
hope for people as far as new treatments coming within the next
decade or so with these disorders... science is really beginning to
pick up speed in understanding the body at an epigenetic level,
which may well be where the answers lie (if you want to know more
about epigenetics, try to watch the PBS Nova episode called "Ghost
in Your Genes"). I hope my answer helps a little.