Title: Neurocognitive Functioning in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder: Clarifying Concepts of Diagnostic Dichotomy vs. Continuum
year: 2013
Journal: Front Psychiatry
Volume: 4
Pages: 162
Epubdate: 25/12/2013
Alternate Journal: Frontiers in psychiatry
ISSN: 1664-0640
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00162
PMCID: PMC3852029
Accession Number: 24367337
Abstract: The Kraepelinian dichotomy posits that patients with schizophrenia (SCZ) and bipolar disorder (BD) present as two separate psychotic entities such that they differ in terms of clinical severity including neurocognitive functioning. Our study aimed to specifically compare and contrast the level of neurocognitive functioning between SCZ and BD patients and identify predictors of their poor neurocognitive functioning. We hypothesized that patients with SCZ had a similar level of neurocognitive impairment compared with BD. About 49 healthy controls (HC), 72 SCZ, and 42 BD patients who were matched for age, gender, and premorbid IQ were administered the Brief Assessment of Cognition battery (BAC). Severity of psychopathology and socio-occupational functioning were assessed for both patients groups. Both BD and SCZ groups demonstrated similar patterns of neurocognitive deficits across several domains (verbal memory, working memory, semantic fluency, processing speed) compared with HC subjects. However, no significant difference was found in neurocognitive functioning between BD and SCZ patients, suggesting that both patient groups suffer the same degree of neurocognitive impairment. Patients with lower level of psychosocial functioning [F (1,112) = 2.661, p = 0.009] and older age [F (1,112) = -2.625, p = 0.010], not diagnosis or doses of psychotropic medications, predicted poorer overall neurocognitive functioning as measured by the lower BAC composite score. Our findings of comparable neurocognitive impairments between SCZ and BD affirm our hypothesis and support less the Kraepelinian concept of dichotomy but more of a continuum of psychotic spectrum conditions. This should urge clinicians to investigate further the underlying neural basis of these neurocognitive deficits, and be attentive to the associated socio-demographic and clinical profile in order to recognize and optimize early the management of the widespread neurocognitive deficits in patients with SCZ and BD.
Notes: 1664-0640Kuswanto, Carissa NSum, Min YSim, KangJournal ArticleSwitzerlandFront Psychiatry. 2013 Dec 5
4:162. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00162. eCollection 2013.
URI: https://open-access.imh.com.sg/handle/123456789/4626
Authors Address: Research Division, Institute of Mental Health/Woodbridge Hospital , Singapore.;Research Division, Institute of Mental Health/Woodbridge Hospital , Singapore ; Department of General Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health/Woodbridge Hospital , Singapore.
Database Provider: NLM
language: eng
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