A new Canadian study has just confirmed a long-held belief of Sovereign Health; that Cognition, the group of mental processes that includes attention, memory, and learning, can be highly correlated with mood disorders. In the study, reported on the researchers found that patients with bipolar disorder have impaired recall of episodic autobiographical memories when recounting events that occurred during mania. Additionally the authors found that bipolar patients were also more likely to recall memories from an observer’s perspective than healthy individuals.
In the study, the team used autobiographic interviews to assess 20 bipolar disorder patients and 20 age-and gender-matched healthy controls without a history of mental disorder.
They asked patients with bipolar disorder to provide detailed accounts of three events in the past 2 years that occurred during a manic, depressed, and euthymic mood state, while control participants recalled memories from a positive, sad, and neutral state. The authors then analyzed the perspective from which the memories were recalled.
Both patients and controls recalled more episodic than non-episodic details. However, patients with bipolar disorder reported significantly fewer episodic details for events encoded during manic states than controls in a positive mood state.
Ultimately the study appears to indicate a connection between mood disorders, bipolar disorder in this case, and one’s ability to think and understand the world around us. Though this idea is not new, findings like these have been gaining prominence in recent years as we achieve a better understanding of how cognition, emotion and the brain are all connected.
Disorders Affect Mood
Sovereign Health has long believed in this principle, that many psychological disorders do not only affect mood and behavior, but have an impact on the way the brain works and interprets information as well as nuanced as the brain is, it seems impossible for any mental health condition to not have an impact on cognition as well. If this is indeed the case we believe that future research will show us that mental health disorders can not only be identified by their impact on cognition, but that improvements in cognitive functioning might also help alleviate some mental health issues.
At Sovereign we have demonstrated our belief in a cognitive model not just through our words, but through our actions as well. At Sovereign Health, we assess our patients at intake and throughout the course of treatment using Cogtest, a cognitive testing software, and encourage them to improve their performance with Neurobic, an online brain training program. This program of cognitive testing and brain training demonstrate our commitment to the belief that mental health disorders and cognition are deeply linked.
We welcome further studies about the links between cognition and mental health, and believe that the future will only reveal a deeper and more intricate link in the brain, demonstrating that there is more to mental health than meets the eye.
Listen to Brianna tell her story about the treatment she received for her mood disorder: