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Cognition as a treatment target in depression

  • M. Kaser (a1) (a2) (a3), R. Zaman (a1) and B. J. Sahakian (a1) (a2)

Abstract

Cognitive dysfunction in depression is associated with poorer clinical outcomes and impaired psychosocial functioning. However, most treatments for depression do not specifically target cognition. Neurocognitive deficits such as memory and concentration problems tend to persist after mood symptoms recover. Improving cognition in depression requires a better understanding of brain systems implicated in depression. A comprehensive approach is warranted for refined methods of assessing and treating cognitive dysfunction in depression.

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*Address for correspondence: Professor B. J. Sahakian, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. (Email: bjs1001@medschl.cam.ac.uk)

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