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Intrusive memories and depression in cancer patients

Brewin, CR; Watson, M; McCarthy, S; Hyman, P; Dayson, D; (1998) Intrusive memories and depression in cancer patients. BEHAV RES THER , 36 (12) 1131 - 1142.

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Abstract

Matched samples of depressed and nondepressed cancer patients were interviewed about past life events, particularly experiences of death and illness. They identified and described any spontaneous intrusive visual memories they had experienced in the past week corresponding to these events. About one quarter reported such memories and, as predicted, the majority of intrusive memories concerned illness, injury and death. The mean levels of intrusion and avoidance were equivalent to patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. Consistent with prediction, depressed patients reported significantly more intrusive memories than controls, and described the memories as typically beginning with or being exacerbated by the onset of depression. Greater numbers of intrusive memories were associated with more maladaptive coping, and greater avoidance with deficits in autobiographical memory functioning. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Intrusive memories and depression in cancer patients
Keywords: POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY, PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDER, HOSPITAL ANXIETY, SCALE, ADJUSTMENT, EXPERIENCES, DISTRESS
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/154615
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