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    First episode psychotic mania and its aftermath: the experience of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder

    Farr, Joanna and Rhodes, John and Baruch, E. and Smith, Jonathan A. (2023) First episode psychotic mania and its aftermath: the experience of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches , ISSN 1752-3429.

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    Abstract

    Background: Optimal intervention for bipolar disorder (BD) is seen as a priority within early intervention psychosis services. This is the first study to explore the experience of first episode psychotic mania and its aftermath for people diagnosed with BD, and the potential implications for treatment. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 11 young adults following first episode psychotic mania and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Results: Two overarching themes were identified: (i) ‘Changing states of self during first episode’; (ii) ‘Struggling with loss of self during episode aftermath’. Participants experienced exceptional, persecutory and angry states during psychotic mania that led to identity disruption and low feelings or depression post-episode. Some mourned the loss of their exceptional manic self, and attempted to relapse into mania, while others struggled with the loss of who they had been prior to their episode. Conclusion: Results emphasise the importance of understanding identity change during first episode psychotic mania and how that might be used to address identity disruption and low feelings during recovery. This process is likely to be pertinent to early intervention and prevention of manic relapse following first episode BD.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Joanna Farr
    Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2023 12:56
    Last Modified: 18 Jan 2024 01:10
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/50639

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