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Intrusive images and memories in major depression

Patel, T; Brewin, CR; Wheatley, J; Wells, A; Fisher, P; Myers, S; (2007) Intrusive images and memories in major depression. BEHAV RES THER , 45 (11) 2573 - 2580. 10.1016/j.brat.2007.06.004.

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Abstract

Individuals with current major depression were interviewed to investigate the prevalence of distressing intrusive mental imagery among depressed patients and study the phenomenology of these intrusions. Of the 39 currently depressed patients, 17 experienced some form of repetitive intrusive imagery (i.e., either an intrusive memory or image), with intrusive memories being more common than images. The intrusive imagery was experienced as highly uncontrollable and interfered significantly with patients' everyday lives. The intrusions were experienced with a sense of 'nowness', as well as physical and emotional re-experiencing. Despite high levels of re-experiencing, levels of dissociation were very low. The intrusive imagery was in some patients part of a wider network of key defining autobiographical memories, consistent with the idea that it is likely to play a significant role in maintaining the patient's depressive mood. Interventions, targeting these intrusions could potentially result in a positive shift in depressed mood. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights. reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Intrusive images and memories in major depression
DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2007.06.004
Keywords: depression, memory, imagery, dissociation, POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER, CANCER-PATIENTS, THERAPY, TRAUMA, PTSD
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/125478
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