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The Correlation Between Impaired Attention and Emotional Reactivity in Depressed Adolescent Patients
Yuval Bloch, M.D.; Shai Aviram, B.A.; Nurit Faibel, M.A.; Jose Govezensky, M.D.; Yoram Braw, Ph.D.; Liron Rabany, Ph.D.; Garry Walter, M.B.B.S., B.Med.Sc., Ph.D., FRANZCP
The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2013;25:233-236. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.12080194
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From the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic Shalvata Mental Health Center, Hod-Hasharon, Israel (YB, NF); the Emotion-Cognition Research Center, Shalvata Mental Health Center, Hod-Hasharon, Israel (YB, SA, JG, YB, LR); the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (YB); and the Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Sydney and Northern Sydney Central Coast Local Health District, Sydney, Australia (GW).

Correspondence: Yuval Bloch, M.D.; e-mail: yuvalbloch10@gmail.com; yuvalbl@clalit.org.il

Copyright © 2013 American Psychiatric Association

Received August 14, 2012; Revised January 01, 2013; Revised February 02, 2013; Accepted February 04, 2013.


A group of 20 drug-naïve depressed adolescents and 20 matched controls underwent cognitive evaluations and assessment of emotional reactivity. Emotional reactivity correlated only with attention and only in depressed patients. The cognitive–emotional construct may enhance the understanding of adolescent depression and aid diagnosis.

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TABLE 1.Demographic Features, Cognitive Functions, and Emotional Reactivity of Depressed Versus Control Adolescents
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CDRS: Children’s Depression Rating Scale; BDI: Beck Depression Inventory; SIQ: Suicide Ideation Questionnaire; BSI: Brief Symptom Inventory; MOT: motor task; RVP: Rapid Visual Processing; MTS: Match-To-Sample visual search; PAL: Paired-Associates Learning; SOC: Stockings of Cambridge cognitive planning test; SWM: Spatial Working Memory; SSP: Spatial Span; ID-ED: Intra-Dimensional-Extra-Dimensional shift.

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*Significant at the 0.05 level (two-tailed).

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**Significant at the 0.01 level (two-tailed).



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