Depression, Bipolar Disorder Can Lead to ‘Fuzzy Thinking’

Scans determine that part of brain involved in memory and reasoning impacted differently in those with the two disorders than healthy individuals.

People with depression or bipolar disorder often feel their thinking ability has gotten “fuzzy,” or less sharp than before their symptoms began. Now, researchers have shown in a very large study that effect is indeed real — and rooted in brain activity differences that show up on advanced brain scans.

What’s more, the results add to the mounting evidence that these conditions both fall on a spectrum of mood disorders, rather than being completely unrelated. That could transform the way doctors and patients think about, diagnose and treat them.

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