This book presents a PhD-thesis built around four original research papers that investigate the association between depression and neurocognitive function from different perspectives. Research during the past 30 years has shown that patients with unipolar depression often have lower neurocognitive function than healthy controls. However, there are still several questions with regard to the association between depressive symptoms and performance on neurocognitive tests that are unclear. Relevant questions to ask are: How strong is the association between depression and neurocognitive function? Does neurocognitive function improve upon remission of the depressive symptoms? Is neurocognitive function in depression relevant for patients' functioning? This book critically reviews the research literature in these fields, after giving a general introduction to the depressive syndrome and neuropsychiatric concepts and assessment. The book is easily accessible to scientists and clinicians without comprehensive knowledge of neuropsychiatry.
Eva Biringer graduated from Medical School in 1997. She did her Phd work at the University of Bergen (2006) under the supervision of Professor A. Lund. At present she is leader of the Section of Mental Health Research in the Helse Fonna Local Health Trust, Norway. She is continuing her scientific work within psychiatry and epidemiology.