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COELHO, Roberta Paula Schell et al. Neuropsychological Performance in Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2013, vol.7, n.1, pp.63-69. ISSN 1982-1247.

Recent researches in neuropsychology indicate neurocognitive impairments in children and adolescent with Bipolar Disorder (BD). This study aims to assess the cognitive functioning of adolescents diagnosed with BD. In this, 23 adolescents with BD and 20 healthy controls were enrolled. A clinical and neuropsychological battery was used to assess multiple functions and conditions of the participants. Both groups showed similar performance in the neurocognitive tasks, however, there were evidences of impairments related to visual working memory, planning and decision making. The early identification of neurocognitive impairments could be the key for minimize the impact of these deficits in the global functioning of children and adolescents. Besides, early identification increases efficacy of strategies of prevention of relapse in those individuals.

Keywords : Neuropsychology; adolescents; bipolar disorder; executive function; memory.

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