Treatment of Cognitive Impairment Using a Computer Program in Patients with Depression in Remission
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 7, Issue 2, March 2018, Pages: 29-36
Received: Mar. 17, 2018; Accepted: Apr. 8, 2018; Published: May 11, 2018
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Yépez Norma, Psychiatry and Mental Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico, Mexico
Cortés Jacqueline, Psychiatry and Mental Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico, Mexico
Álvarez Luz María, Psychiatry and Mental Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico, Mexico
Cortés-Sotres José Francisco, National Institute of Psychiatry “Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz”, Mexico, Mexico
Heinze Gerhard, Postgraduate Studies Division, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico, Mexico
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The patient with depressive disorder presents a cognitive impairment which does not disappear despite the fact that the depression is considered to be in remission. This study aims to assess the impact of training in the improvement of cognitive functions of patients with remitted depression (RD). Captain’s Log Computerized Cognitive-Training Program (CLCT) was used as a cognitive trainer in a group of patients with RD and with Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) as treatment; another group with RD was treated uniquely with SSRI. The treatment intervention’s impact was evaluated using the Hamilton Rating Scales for Anxiety and Depression, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-III), and the Integrated Program of Neuropsychological Examination-Revised Barcelona Test. CLCT was used in college students with RD, twice a week, for six months. Patients from both groups decreased depressive and anxious symptoms, however, patients who received CLCT substantially increased their intellectual performance; changes in the psychometric analysis of the Barcelona Test were consistent with the ones presented in WAIS-III. CLCT application is associated with an improvement of cognitive functions in patients with RD.
Depression, Remission, Cognitive Functions, Cognitive Stimulation, College Students
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Yépez Norma, Cortés Jacqueline, Álvarez Luz María, Cortés-Sotres José Francisco, Heinze Gerhard, Treatment of Cognitive Impairment Using a Computer Program in Patients with Depression in Remission, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 7, No. 2, 2018, pp. 29-36. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20180702.11
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