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Research Article

Neuropsychological Profile, Quality of Life and Associated Psychiatric Symptoms in Patients with Essential Tremor

Reji Mohan1*, Jamuna Rajeswaran1, Pramod Kumar Pal1, Vijay Chandran2 and Thennarasu Kandavel1

1National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience, Bangalore, India

2Department of Neurology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Corresponding Author:
Reji Mohan
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience
Bangalore, India
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Received date: June 25, 2014; Accepted date: August 28, 2014; Published date: September 04, 2014

Citation: Mohan R, Rajeswaran J, Pal PK, Chandran V, Kandavel T (2014) Neuropsychological Profile, Quality of Life and Associated Psychiatric Symptoms in Patients with Essential Tremor. J Psychol Psychother 4: 152. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000152

Copyright: © 2014 Mohan R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Essential tremor (ET), a common a movement disorder, associated with cognitive dysfunction.

Objective: To assess the cognitive function in non-western cohort of patients with ET and correlate with concomitant anxiety, depression and quality of life.

Method: The sample consisted of 30 patients with ET and 30 matched healthy controls. The tools used were socio - demographic data sheet, Edinburgh Handedness inventory, Hospital anxiety and depression rating scales, World Health Organization Quality of life - BREF (QOL) and the NIMHANS Neuropsychological Battery.

Results: The results shows patients with ET performed significantly worse than controls on tests of motor speed, sustained attention, executive functions, learning and memory. In addition, patients with ET had higher measures of anxiety and depression as well as lower measures of QOL.

Conclusion: The current study results support the finding that cognitive deficits along with emotional disturbances and impaired QOL are clinical features of ET.


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