Virtual Forum: Looking Beyond Mood & Psychosis: A Focus On Neurocognition
Location: Online Via PsychU.org
Description: Historically, cognitive impairment was considered an artifact of patients' symptoms, attention, or motivation problems, and as such, was an underappreciated feature of schizophrenia. However, recent research has shown cognitive impairment to be a feature of schizophrenia, independent of delusions and hallucinations, that is stable throughout the course of the disease in a majority of patients. Cognitive impairment in bipolar disorder is also becoming an increasingly studied phenomenon - with documented demonstration of neuropsychologic impairment in some patients. Recollection memory, attention, and visual information processing may be particularly impaired in patients with bipolar illness. Additionally, cognitive impairment appears to worsen with illness progression, and may have a significant impact on function; when present, it may account in part for the poor judgment and decision making that afflicts some patients with bipolar disorder.
In this virtual forum, two neuropsychologists, Katherine Burdick, PhD and Philip D. Harvey, PhD will discuss the history, presentation, and clinical impact of cognitive impairment for both patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They will also discuss the categorical diagnostic overlap and within disorder heterogeneity cognitive impairment, as well as the relationship of each with social function.
Speakers are paid consultants for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.View Flyer (PDF)