Impaired Cognition & Bipolar Disorder: A Cause for Concern?

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Writing on the News-Medical website, Lucy Piper, Senior medwireNews Reporter, has summarized the results of an interesting paper recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry by Junghee Lee and colleagues.  The paper evaluates the impact of Bipolar Disorder on social and non-social cognition, concluding that the former remains relatively intact, whereas non-social cognition was impaired.

More specifically, on a range of social tasks, including facial affect perception, emotional regulation, empathic accuracy, mental state attribution, and self-referential memory, the performance of bipolar patient was not significantly different from that of comparison individuals. Conversely, non-social cognitive tasks, namely attention/vigilance , working memory, and reasoning and problem solving were.

This certainly makes sense from my perspective;  I don’t know about you I can identify with the impairment of attention and working memory!

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One thought on “Impaired Cognition & Bipolar Disorder: A Cause for Concern?

  1. I am bipolar II and have lived with this disease for about 25 years. I have always had attention issues. At work I was fortunate enough to have a job where severe multi-tasking and speed was considered a strength. Any memory issues at work were masked by the fact that I was in an office environment where everything was put in writing, so a quick review and I was back up to speed. At home is where my memory issues are most noticeable. Try as I might to “pay attention” (what my significant other says is my issue), there are things that even a few weeks later I just simply do not recall. Additionally, there are major memory holes from childhood.

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