A phenomenological study to explore individuals’ experience of depression

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dc.contributor.advisor Gijbels, Harry en
dc.contributor.advisor O'Connell, Rhona en
dc.contributor.author O'Mahony, James
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-07T11:59:27Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-07T11:59:27Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.date.submitted 2015
dc.identifier.citation O'Mahony, J. 2015. A phenomenological study to explore individuals’ experience of depression. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 340 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2701
dc.description.abstract Numerous epidemiological findings suggest that we live in an era that can only be described as the “age of melancholy” in that more and more individuals are diagnosed with depression every year. The aim of this study was to gain a phenomenological understanding of how individuals who experienced depression understood and made sense of their experience of depression through a methodology of interpretative phenomenological analysis. In-depth semi-structured interviews explored the lived experience of depression for eight individuals and identified how social discourses contributed to their understanding. Following rigorous analysis of twelve interview transcripts, data was broken down into four recurrent superordinate themes which related directly to how individuals made sense of their experience of depression; The Descent; The Worlds Conversations and Me - Engagement with Social Discourses; Broken Self - Transforming the Self; Embracing myself and my Mind - Transformation of the Self. Further interrogative analysis identified how some social discourses communicated by healthcare professionals, the media and academia, contributed to individuals experiencing an additional layer of distress, namely meta-distress which in essence is distress about distress. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2015, James O'Mahony. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Depression en
dc.subject Phenomenology en
dc.subject IPA en
dc.subject Social discourses en
dc.title A phenomenological study to explore individuals’ experience of depression en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Medicine and Health) en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Nursing and Midwifery en
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dc.check.opt-out No en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
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ucc.workflow.supervisor h.gijbels@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Summer 2016 en


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