Autobiographical memory and post-psychotic depression in first episode psychosis

Z Iqbal, M Birchwood, D Hemsley, C Jackson, E Morris

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Objectives. In unipolar depression, the action of early life events has been shown to be linked to a deficit in accessing details of such autobiographical events ('overgeneral memory'). In this study, we test whether a similar deficit can be observed in post-psychotic depression (PPD) in first-episode psychosis. Method. A group of 29 patients were followed up during the 12 months after their first onset, and monitored for PPD. Results. Of the sample group, 45% developed PPD, which was associated with overgeneral memory (p <.05; effect size = 1.05) and a heightened awareness of the diagnosis. Conclusions. Our findings raise the possibility that anomalies of psychosocial development may confer vulnerability to depression in psychosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97 - 104
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004


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