SSRIs and cognitive performance in a working sample

Wadsworth, E. J.K., Moss, S. C., Simpson, S. A. and Smith, A. P. (2005) SSRIs and cognitive performance in a working sample. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 20(8), pp. 561-572. (doi: 10.1002/hup.725)

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Background: Studies of the impact of antidepressant use on cognitive performance have frequently been carried out among the elderly or on healthy volunteers. Comparatively little research has considered their impact on a relatively young, working population, particularly within the context of everyday life.<p></p> Aims: To examine any association between SSRI use and cognitive performance, mood and human error at work.<p></p> Methods: SSRI users and controls completed a battery of laboratory based computer tasks measuring mood and cognitive function pre- and post-work at the start and end of a working week. They also completed daily diaries reporting their work performance.<p></p> Results: SSRI use was associated with memory impairment: specifically poorer episodic, though not working or semantic memory. Effects of SSRI use on recognition memory seemed to vary according to the underlying psychopathology, while effects on delayed recall were most pronounced among those whose symptoms had not (yet) resolved. There were no detrimental effects on psychomotor speed, attention, mood or perceived human error at work.<p></p> Conclusions: The findings lend support to the SSRIs comparative safety, even among workers, particularly as the symptoms of the underlying psychopathology are successfully addressed. Possible memory impairments may, however, be found in those taking SSRIs

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Simpson, Professor Sharon
Authors: Wadsworth, E. J.K., Moss, S. C., Simpson, S. A., and Smith, A. P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1099-1077

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