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Behav Res Ther. 2007 Dec;45(12):2915-23. Epub 2007 Aug 14.

Autobiographical memory in posttraumatic stress disorder before and after treatment.

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School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, New South Wales, Sydney 2052, Australia.

Abstract

Although overgeneral retrieval of autobiographical memories has been repeatedly demonstrated in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), no studies have indexed overgeneral retrieval before and after treatment of PTSD. Autobiographical memory was assessed in PTSD participants (n=20) prior to commencing cognitive behaviour therapy and 6 months after therapy completion. Fifteen participants completed both assessments. Improvement in PTSD symptoms was significantly associated with improved retrieval of specific memories and decreased retrieval of categoric memories in response to positive cues. These data suggest that symptom reduction during treatment of PTSD leads to greater access to specific memories of positive experiences.

PMID:
17897618
DOI:
10.1016/j.brat.2007.08.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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