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    Being depleted and being shaken: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiential features of a first episode of depression

    Smith, Jonathan A. and Rhodes, J.E. (2014) Being depleted and being shaken: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiential features of a first episode of depression. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice 88 (2), pp. 197-209. ISSN 1476-0835.

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    Abstract

    - Objectives: This article presents a detailed idiographic analysis of patients' experience of first-episode depression. - Design: This is a qualitative interview study using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). - Methods: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with a purposive sample of seven patients presenting to a mental health service in London, UK with symptoms of first-episode major depression. There were four males and three females; mean age was 44 years. Interviews were audio-recorded and subjected to IPA. - Results: Participants described a significant loss event prior to onset of depression. The depression involved a major diminishing of the life-world with relational, corporeal, and temporal depletion. This depletion was accompanied in each case by occasional extreme emotions, frenzied thoughts, confused sense of self. - Conclusions: Depression can represent a major existential threat to the sufferer. We discuss how our findings can illuminate the extant literature. The study suggests the value of exploring these existential features in early therapy.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): depression, interpretative phenomenological analysis, qualitative
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 08:58
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2019 17:11
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10037

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