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Impaired divided attention predicts delayed response and risk to relapse in subjects with depressive disorders.

Authors
  • Majer, M
  • Ising, M
  • Künzel, H
  • Binder, E B
  • Holsboer, F
  • Modell, S
  • Zihl, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychological medicine
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2004
Volume
34
Issue
8
Pages
1453–1463
Identifiers
PMID: 15724876
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We observed generalized cognitive impairment in most cognitive domains in acute depression. Cognitive impairments were still within abnormal ranges at discharge but less distinct. Divided attention performance predicted response to treatment, remission of symptoms, and risk to relapse. Impaired divided attention capacity can be explained either by reduced attentional resources or impaired activation and/or top-down control of attentional resources by the central executive.

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