Writing on the News-Medical website, Lucy Piper, Senior medwireNews Reporter, has summarized the results of an interesting paper recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry by Junghee Lee and colleagues. The paper evaluates the impact of Bipolar Disorder on social and non-social cognition, concluding that the former remains relatively intact, whereas non-social cognition was impaired.
More specifically, on a range of social tasks, including facial affect perception, emotional regulation, empathic accuracy, mental state attribution, and self-referential memory, the performance of bipolar patient was not significantly different from that of comparison individuals. Conversely, non-social cognitive tasks, namely attention/vigilance , working memory, and reasoning and problem solving were.
This certainly makes sense from my perspective; I don’t know about you I can identify with the impairment of attention and working memory!
You can read the entire article here: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130306/Non-social-cognitive-deficits-outweigh-social-ones-in-bipolar-disorder.aspx