Motor Performance Deficits

Motor and psychomotor deficits in depression involve a range of behaviors including changes in motility, mental activity, and speech (Caligiuri and Ellwanger, 2000; Lemke et al., 1999). Depressed patients often perceive these signs as motor slowness, difficulty translating thought to action, and lack of interest or fatigue. These motor signs appear to be well correlated with both the severity of depression and treatment outcome. Spontaneous motor activity is significantly lower when patients are depressed compared to the euthymic, or nondepressed, state with a progressive increase in activity levels as other clinical features improve.

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