Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences

Neurobiology of Psychosis

Language disturbances in ADHD

M. Bellania1 c1, A. Morettia2a3, C. Perlinia1 and P. Brambillaa4a5

a1 Section of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Inter-University Center for Behavioural Neurosciences (ICBN), University of Verona, Verona, Italy

a2 IRCCS ‘E. Medea’ Scientific Institute, San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy

a3 University of Udine, Udine, Italy

a4 Department of Experimental Clinical Medicine, Inter-University Center for Behavioural Neurosciences (ICBN), University of Udine, Udine, Italy

a5 IRCCS ‘E. Medea’ Scientific Institute, Udine, Italy

This article aims to review the studies exploring language abilities in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; with or without comorbid language impairment) focusing on oral speech discrimination, listening comprehension, verbal and spatial working memory as well as on discourse analysis and pragmatic aspects of communication and language comprehension.

(Received June 11 2011)

(Revised June 13 2011)

(Accepted June 18 2011)

Correspondence

c1 Address for correspondence: Dr M. Bellani, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Section of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, University of Verona, Piazzale L.A. Scuro 10, 37134 Verona, Italy. Fax: +39,-045-8027498 (Email: marcella.bellani@univr.it; paolo.brambilla@uniud.it)

Footnotes

This Section of Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences regularly appears in each issue of the Journal to describe relevant studies investigating the relationship between neurobiology and psychosocial psychiatry in major psychoses. The aim of these Editorials is to provide a better understanding of the neural basis of psychopathology and clinical features of these disorders, in order to raise new perspectives in every-day clinical practice.

Paolo Brambilla, Section Editor and Michele Tansella, Editors EPS