Journal article

Cognitive decline following psychosis onset - Data from the PACE clinic

Stephen J Wood, Warrick J Brewer, Penny Koutsouradis, Lisa J Phillips, Shona M Francey, Tina M Proffitt, Alison R Yung, Henry J Jackson, Patrick D McGorry, Christos Pantelis

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The origin of cognitive impairments in psychotic disorders is still unclear. Although some deficits are apparent prior to the onset of frank illness, it is unknown if they progress. AIMS: To investigate whether cognitive function declined over the transition to psychosis in a group of ultra-high risk individuals. METHOD: Participants consisted of two groups: controls (n=17) and individuals at ultra-high risk for development of psychosis (n=16). Seven of the latter group later developed psychosis. Neuropsychological testing was conducted at baseline and again after at least a 12-month interval. RESULTS: Both the Visual Reproduction sub-test of the Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised and..

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