Journal article

Subjective cognitive functioning in relation to changes in levels of depression and anxiety in youth over 3 months of treatment

Kelly Allott, Caroline Gao, Sarah E Hetrick, Kate M Filia, Jana M Menssink, Caroline Fisher, Ian B Hickie, Helen E Herrman, Debra J Rickwood, Alexandra G Parker, Patrick D Mcgorry, Sue M Cotton

BJPsych Open | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Subjective cognitive difficulties are common in mental illness and have a negative impact on role functioning. Little is understood about subjective cognition and the longitudinal relationship with depression and anxiety symptoms in young people. AIMS: To examine the relationship between changes in levels of depression and anxiety and changes in subjective cognitive functioning over 3 months in help-seeking youth. METHOD: This was a cohort study of 656 youth aged 12-25 years attending Australian headspace primary mental health services. Subjective changes in cognitive functioning (rated as better, same, worse) reported after 3 months of treatment was assessed using the Neuropsych..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Grant (APP1076940). This was a joint project between Orygen, The University of Melbourne and headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation. K.A. is supported by a Career Development Fellowship from the NHMRC (APP1141207). We thank Dr Sharnel Perera for her contributions in many aspects of the project and the team of research assistants involved in collecting the data. We thank the headspace centre staff and young people whose participation made this study possible.