Posture-motor and posture-ideomotor dual-tasking: A putative marker of psychomotor retardation and depressive rumination in patients with major depressive disorder

Lyubomir I. Aftanas, Olga M. Bazanova, Nataliya V. Novozhilova

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    Abstract

    Background: Recent studies have demonstrated that the assessment of postural performance may be a potentially reliable and objective marker of the psychomotor retardation (PMR) in the major depressive disorder (MDD). One of the important facets of MDD-related PMR is reflected in disrupted central mechanisms of psychomotor control, heavily influenced by compelling maladaptive depressive rumination. In view of this we designed a research paradigm that included sequential execution of simple singleposture task followed by more challenging divided attention posture tasks, involving concurring motor and ideomotor workloads. Another difficulty dimension assumed executing of all the tasks with eyes open (EO) (easy) and closed (EC) (difficult) conditions. We aimed at investigating the interplay between the severity of MDD, depressive rumination, and efficiency of postural performance. Methods: Compared with 24 age- and body mass index-matched healthy controls (HCs), 26 patients with MDD sequentially executed three experimental tasks: (1) singleposture task of maintaining a quiet stance (ST), (2) actual posture-motor dual task (AMT); and (3) mental/imaginary posture-motor dual task (MMT). All the tasks were performed in the EO and the EC conditions. The primary dependent variable was the amount of kinetic energy (E) expended for the center of pressure deviations (CoPDs), whereas the absolute divided attention cost index showed energy cost to the dual-tasking vs. the single-posture task according to the formula: ΔE = (EDual-task - ESingle-task). Results: The signs of PMR in the MDD group were objectively indexed by deficient posture control in the EC condition along with overall slowness of fine motor and ideomotor activity. Another important and probably more challenging feature of the findings was that the posture deficit manifested in the ST condition was substantially and significantly attenuated in the MMT and AMT performance dual-tasking activity. A multiple linear regression analysis evidenced further that the dual-tasking energy cost (i.e., ΔE) significantly predicted clinical scores of severity of MDD and depressive rumination. Conclusion: The findings allow to suggest that execution of concurrent actual or imaginary fine motor task with closed visual input deallocates attentional resources from compelling maladaptive depressive rumination thereby attenuating severity of absolute dual-tasking energy costs for balance maintenance in patients with MDD. Significance: Quantitative assessment of PMR through measures of the postural performance in dual-tasking may be useful to capture the negative impact of past depressive episodes, optimize the personalized treatment selection, and improve the understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying MDD.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number108
    Pages (from-to)108
    Number of pages9
    JournalFrontiers in Human Neuroscience
    Volume12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2018

    Keywords

    • Depressive rumination
    • Energy expended for CoPDs
    • Major depressive disorder
    • Posture
    • Posture-ideomotor dual-tasking
    • Posture-motor dual-tasking
    • Psychomotor retardation
    • ATTENTION
    • FALLS
    • WALKING
    • IMAGERY
    • posture-ideomotor dual-tasking
    • ABNORMALITIES
    • posture
    • UNIPOLAR
    • RELEVANT MARKER
    • SYMPTOMS
    • posture-motor dual-tasking
    • energy expended for CoPDs
    • psychomotor retardation
    • major depressive disorder
    • BIPOLAR DEPRESSION
    • COMPONENT
    • depressive rumination

    OECD FOS+WOS

    • 5.01.CN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
    • 5.01.VI PSYCHOLOGY
    • 3.01.RU NEUROSCIENCES

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