Intrusive memories, depression and PTSD

Chris Brewin discusses cutting edge research on intrusive autobiographical memory-and how it could lead to better treatment of depression.
CLIENTS’ memories for their own history and personal experiences — what cognitive psychologists refer to as autobiographical memory — have never ceased to be a source of fascination to clinical psychologists. This is true whether we are engaged in taking a history, identifying the first occurrence of a symptom, or assessing the background factors and current situations that contribute to making sense of the superficially inexplicable.

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