Cognition and Emotions in Recurrent Depressive Disorders - The Role of Inflammation and the Kynurenine Pathway

Author(s): Monika Talarowska, Piotr Galecki

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 22 , Issue 8 , 2016

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Separating emotions from cognition seems impossible in everyday experiences of a human being. Emotional processes have an impact on the ability of planning and solving problems, or decision-making skills. They are a valuable source of information about ourselves, our partners in interactions and the surrounding world. Recent years have shown that axial symptoms of depression are caused by emotion regulation disorders, dysfunctions in the reward system and deficits of cognitive processes. There is a few studies concerning a link between emotional and inflammatory processes in depression. The aim of this article is to present results of contemporary research studies over mutual connections between social cognition, cognitive processes and inflammatory factors significant for the aetiology of recurrent depressive disorders, with particular reference to the role of kynurenine pathways.

Keywords: Cognition, depression, emotion, inflammation, kynurenine, social cognition.

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Year: 2016
Published on: 29 December, 2015
Page: [955 - 962]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/1381612822666151230110738
Price: $65

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