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Revista chilena de neuro-psiquiatría

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Abstract

CUPUL-GARCIA, Juan Carlos et al. Basic neuropsychological evaluation for adults in patients with generalized anxiety disorders. Rev. chil. neuro-psiquiatr. [online]. 2018, vol.56, n.3, pp.151-160. ISSN 0717-9227.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/s0717-92272018000300151.

Introduction:

The performance in cognitive functioning of patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) has received little interest and the results of some studies have been shown to be inconsistent.

Objective:

To know the performance of the cognitive functions of subjects with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and to compare it with subjects without clinical anxiety, through the Evaluación Neuropsicológica Básica para Adultos (ENBA).

Method:

A cross-sectional design, using convenience sampling, 23 subjects with a single diagnosis of GAD and a control group of 23 subjects matched according by sex, age, and education were studied.

Results:

The group with TAG obtained a worse statically significant performance (p = < 0,05) in some scores of the ENBA that assess abilities of visuospatial construction, visual memory, verbal memory and learning, attention and executive functions.

Conclusions:

The results are partially consistent with previous studies. The knowledge of the cognitive impairments in subjects with TAG is useful to understand the harmful effects in important areas such as employment, academic activities, among others described in these patients.

Keywords : Neuropsychological Assessment; Generalized Anxiety Disorder; Cognitive Performance.

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