Torralva T, Gleichgerrcht E, Torrente F, Roca M, Strejilevich S, Cetkovich M, Lischinsky A, Manes F. Neuropsychological functioning in adult bipolar disorder and ADHD patients: a comparative study. Psychiatry Research 2010

Neuropsychological functioning in adult bipolar disorder and ADHD patients: a comparative study.

Autores Torralva T, Gleichgerrcht E, Torrente F, Roca M, Strejilevich S, Cetkovich M, Lischinsky A, Manes F.
Año 2010
Journal  Torralva T, Gleichgerrcht E, Torrente F, Roca M, Strejilevich S, Cetkovich M, Lischinsky A, Manes F.
Volumen 186(2-3): 261-266
Abstract  Bipolar disorder (BD) and adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) usually manifest with shared clinical symptoms, proving quite challenging to thoroughly differentiate one from another. Previous research has characterized these two disorders independently, but no study compared both pathologies from a neuropsychological perspective. The aim of this study was to compare the neuropsychological profile of adult ADHD and BD with each other and against a control group, in order to understand the way in which comprehensive cognitive assessment can contribute to their discrimination as distinct clinical entities as well as their differential diagnosis. All groups were successfully matched for age, sex, years of education, and premorbid IQ. Participants were assessed with an extensive neuropsychological battery evaluating multiple domains. Compared to controls, BD patients had a poorer performance on immediate verbal memory tasks. Both clinical groups exhibited significantly lower scores than controls on the recognition phase of verbal and non-verbal memory tasks, as well as on a task of executive functioning with high working memory demand. Noticeably, however, ADHD had significantly better performance than BD on the recognition phase of both the Rey list memory task and the Rey Figure. The better performance of ADHD patients over BD may reflect the crucial role of the executive component on their memory deficits and gives empirical support to further differentiate the neuropsychological profile of BD and adult ADHD patients in clinical practice.
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