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March 1985

The Neurology of Depression: Cognitive and Behavioral Deficits With Focal Findings in Depression and Resolution After Electroconvulsive Therapy

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology (Drs Freeman, Galaburda, and Geschwind) and Psychiatry (Dr Cabal), Beth Israel Hospital, Charles A. Dana Research Center, and Harvard Medical School, Boston; and the Department of Neurology, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston (Dr Freeman).

Arch Neurol. 1985;42(3):289-291. doi:10.1001/archneur.1985.04060030111018

• Deficits in cognition and behavior have frequently been described in severely depressed patients. Recent reports have drawn attention to focal left-sided neurologic findings occurring in depression. We describe a depressed patient with marked cognitive and behavioral impairment and focal left-sided signs. The depression, mental status deficits, and physical findings all resolved after electroconvulsive therapy.

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