Title

A unique emotional processing profile of euthymic bipolar disorder? A critical review

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

21028

Comments

This article was originally published as: Mercer, L., & Becerra, R. (2013). A unique emotional processing profile of euthymic bipolar disorder? A critical review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 146(3), 295-309. Original article available here

Abstract

Objectives: To undertake a critical review of the literature on emotional processing (EP) in bipolar patients in remission. This literature review focuses on a number of dimensions of EP including facial emotion recognition, emotional memory, affective theory of mind (ToM), affective attention and affective auditory information processing. Methods: A systematic search was conducted through PsychINFO and Medline databases to obtain relevant literature. Studies that include behavioural measures of EP were included. Results: The findings from this review demonstrate that bipolar disorder (BD) patients continue to exhibit some EP deficits during euthymic phases. A number of factors believed to contribute to such findings have been highlighted. Conclusions: This review has shed light on some of the conflicting findings reported in the literature and thus offers a more comprehensive profile of euthymic bipolar patients' EP abilities. This information could enrich clinicians' therapeutic efforts to minimise relapse by attending to euthymic bipolar patients' specific emotional processing difficulties.

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