TITLE

Neuropsychological Deficits in Adolescent Unipolar Depression

AUTHOR(S)
Klimkeit, Ester I.; Tonge, Bruce; Bradshaw, John L.; Melvin, Glenn A.; Gould, Kate
PUB. DATE
November 2011
SOURCE
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology;Nov2011, Vol. 26 Issue 7, p662
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Although neuropsychological deficits in adult depression are relatively well established, findings in children/adolescents have been inconsistent and thus require further investigation. The current study investigated verbal fluency (VF), cognitive speed, motor speed, and executive functions in adolescents with unipolar depression. Results indicated that adolescents with minor depression showed working memory deficits and poorer VF (letter task). Adolescents with major depression showed working memory deficits and processing speed deficits from the early stages of information processing to the later stages of motor output. Executive function deficits of set-shifting and response inhibition that are well established in adults were not found, but may reflect task differences. Thus, it appears that depression subtype or severity of symptoms may impact on neuropsychological functioning and may in part explain previous inconsistent results.
ACCESSION #
66887662

 

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