Affective versus first-episode non-affective first-episode psychoses: A longitudinal study

C. Torrent, M. Reinares, A. Martinez-Arán, B. Cabrera, S. Amoretti, I. Corripio, F. Contreras, S. Sarró, A. González-Pinto, A. Lobo, M. J. Cuesta, A. Sánchez-Torres, D. Bergé, J. Castro-Fornieles, C. Moreno, M. Bernardo, E. Vieta

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    © 2018 Elsevier B.V. Objective: This study aimed to assess (1) whether there were clinical, neuropsychological and functional differences between and within affective and non-affective psychoses at baseline and two years-follow-up and (2) to explore clinical and neuropsychological predictors of psychosocial functioning in the whole sample. Method: This is a subanalysis from a multicentre, naturalistic, longitudinal prospective study (‘Phenotype-genotype and environmental interaction. Application of a predictive model in first psychotic episodes’). The sample consisted of 192 patients with a first psychotic episode (FEP): 142 with non-affective psychoses and 50 with affective psychoses. Student t-tests, paired t-tests, Pearson correlations, ANOVAs and regression analyses were performed. Results: At baseline, the groups differed in perseverative errors (WCST), Premorbid Adjustment Scale (PAS), family history of psychiatric disorder, negative (PANSS) and manic symptoms (YMRS). At two years follow-up, the groups differed in all the PANSS subscales and in depressive symptoms assessed by the MADRS. When the whole sample was considered, the regression model which best explained the estimated variance in functioning at follow-up (41%) was composed by PANSS total score and verbal fluency assessed by the FAS (COWAT). Conclusions: We found clinical and neurocognitive differences at baseline which decreased in the follow-up. Reduced performances at baseline in executive functions in combination with symptom severity (PANSS) were predictors of FEP patients’ poor functional outcome.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)297-304
    JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


    • Bipolar disorder
    • First episode
    • longitudinal study
    • Mania
    • Psychosis
    • Schizophrenia


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