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Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research

versão On-line ISSN 1414-431X


DELGADO, V.B.; KAPCZINSKI, F.  e  CHAVES, M.L.F.. Memory mood congruency phenomenon in bipolar I disorder and major depression disorder patients. Braz J Med Biol Res [online]. 2012, vol.45, n.9, pp.856-861.  Epub 21-Jun-2012 ISSN 1414-431X.

The objective of the present study was to evaluate memory performance in tasks with and without affective content (to confirm the mood congruency phenomenon) in acutely admitted patients with bipolar I disorder (BD) and major depression disorder (MDD) and in healthy participants. Seventy-eight participants (24 BD, 29 MDD, and 25 healthy controls) were evaluated. Three word lists were used as the memory task with affective content (positive, negative and indifferent). Psychiatric symptoms were also evaluated with rating scales (Young Mania Rating Scale for mania and Hamilton Depression Rating Scale for depression). Patients were selected during the first week of hospitalization. BD patients showed higher scores in the word span with positive tone than MDD patients and healthy controls (P = 0.002). No other difference was observed for tests with affective tone. MDD patients presented significantly lower scores in the Mini-Mental State Exam, logical memory test, visual recognition span, and digit span, while BD patients presented lower scores in the visual recognition test and digit span. Mood congruency effect was found for word span with positive tone among BD patients but no similar effect was observed among MDD patients for negative items. MDD patients presented more memory impairment than BD patients, but BD patients also showed memory impairment

Palavras-chave : Memory; Bipolar disorder; Depression; Affect.

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