Language Performance Deficits in Elderly Depressed Patients

Lynn Speedie, William O'donnell, Peter Rabinst, Godfrey Pearlson, Maria Poggi

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Elderly depressed patients are thought to have memory, orientation and judgement difficulties but are not thought to have language performance deficits. Recently, naming difficulties were reported in patients with cognitive impairment resulting from depression. We examined language performance of elderly depressed patients with long histories of major affective disorder. We compared language functions of these patients with those of normal elderly subjects of two educational levels. The depressed patients were significantly impaired relative to both normal groups in confrontation naming, reading non-words and in the quality of their written language. Further exploration of language performance of elderly depressed patients is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-205
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • LPN and LVN


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