World Health Day is celebrated today, April 7th. This year’s theme focuses on raising awareness about depression and provides an opportunity to rethink approaches to mental health. At NeuronUP, we approach this disorder by analyzing the cognitive symptoms of depression so that people with the disorder can be asked for help and start a neurorehabilitation program as soon as possible.
The cognitive symptoms of depression
When we think of people with this disorder, we usually think of their emotional symptoms: sadness, loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed, indifference, discouragement, and insomnia. But the truth is, these aren’t the only problems they face. People suffering from depression often complain of difficulty concentrating, easy distraction, inability to complete everyday tasks, and forgetfulness. fact is that Depression is associated with a decrease in cognitive function such as attention, concentration, memory, decision making, planning, use of vocabulary, etc.
These cognitive symptoms can have very negative consequences as people with depression are unable to do their jobs properly, do well in school, or carry out their normal activities of daily living.
During a depressive episode, patients experience cognitive symptoms more than 80% of the time and more than 40% of the time between episodes.
Patients with depression have difficulty concentrating while performing tasks that require sustained mental exertion and information processing.
People with this disorder have both short and long-term memory problems.
Executive functions are complex cognitive processes that are required for the planning, organization, management, revision, regulation and evaluation of behaviors that are necessary for effective adaptation to the environment and for the achievement of goals (Bauermeister, 2008). Depressed patients show deficits in management functions such as planning, working on memory or decision-making.
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It’s important to understand that depression can affect cognitive functions. Therefore, people with this disorder should see a professional to undergo cognitive rehabilitation programs to improve attention, memory, and executive function.
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Symptoms of depression from a cognitive perspective
We analyze the symptoms of depression from a cognitive perspective with the aim of getting people suffering from it to seek help.