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Vividness of mental imagery in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): The role of depression

Karatzias, Thanos; Power, Kevin; Brown, Keith; McGoldrick, Theresa


Kevin Power

Keith Brown

Theresa McGoldrick


The present study aimed to investigate demographics, trauma variables, PTSD symptomatology, co-morbid psychopathology, dissociation and personality variables as correlates of vividness of imagery (i.e. general ability to imagine objects) in people with PTSD. Participants were 98 outpatients with PTSD who completed a number of self- and assessor-rated measures. Vividness of imagery was assessed using the Betts’ Questionnaire Upon Imagery (QMI). Regression analysis showed that the only statistically significant predictor of mental imagery was depression, as measured by the Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS). The implications of these results for the management of depression in people with PTSD are discussed.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009-06
Deposit Date Mar 2, 2010
Print ISSN 0005-7916
Electronic ISSN 0005-7916
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 2
Pages 352-358
Keywords Experimental and Cognitive Psychology; Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); Clinical Psychology; Psychiatry and Mental health
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