Journal article

Interpreting neuropsychological impairment among adolescent inhalant users: two case reports

Michael J Takagi, Dan I Lubman, Murat Yucel

ACTA NEUROPSYCHIATRICA | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To illustrate the need to carefully consider mental health, psychosocial and motivational factors when investigating cognitive and intellectual impairment among chronic inhalant users. METHODS: Two adolescent chronic inhalant users with similar psychosocial disadvantages (eg unstable and dysfunctional families, state-based care, school absenteeism and forensic issues) and histories of comorbid drug use and mental health problems were assessed using a battery of paper and pencil and computerised neuropsychological tests. RESULTS: Contrary to the expectations of her case manager, one participant performed within the normal range for her age in all domains of intellectual ability, wh..

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