Publication date: Jul 31, 2019
Specific cognitive functions, such as nonverbal memory and attention/processing speed, are linked to specific mood profiles, such as anxiety and depression, in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) according to a recent article published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.
Using correlation analysis of the cognitive assessment tasks, in addition to the anxiety and depression levels of the patients, researchers found in both cohorts lower anxiety levels were associated with better nonverbal memory (RADIEMS rp=-. 220, P =. 003; MEM CONNECT rp=-. 271, P =. 028).
The researchers concluded that the consistency between the 2 cohorts evaluated establishes a step toward a more precise cognition-mood relationship model in patients with MS. They believe these findings support links of anxiety and depression to specific, objectively measured cognitive functions rather than linking them to worsening of mood to general or overall worsening of cognition.
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