Journal article

Moment-to-moment associations between posttraumatic stress symptoms and auditory hallucinations in the flow of daily life

Rachel M Brand, Sarah Bendall, Amy Hardy, Susan L Rossell, Denny Meyer, Neil Thomas

Psychiatry Research | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2020


Traumatic events are associated with increased risk of auditory hallucinations (AHs) and posttraumatic stress symptoms have been implicated in this relationship. We aimed to explore the moment-to-moment relationship between posttraumatic stress symptoms and AHs in daily-life. Twenty-eight people with persistent AHs and a history of traumatic events completed six-days of ecological momentary assessment. We assessed AHs, trauma memory intrusions, avoidance, and hyperarousal at ten time points each day. Multi-level modelling showed that the severity of trauma memory intrusions (but not avoidance or hyperarousal) within the preceding hour was associated with the occurrence of AHs. This relations..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by a Barbara Dicker Brain Science Foundation grant. Rachel Brand is supported by a Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award. Susan Rossell holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (GNT1154651). We thank the participants who generously gave their time and shared their experiences.