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Unfolding through the web of recovery

Badu-Poku, B. (2018). Unfolding through the web of recovery. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


Despite considerable research into depression and recovery from a treatment perspective, limited empirical attention has been given to exploring specific meanings and experiences from the perspective of those with the lived experience of recovery from depression. In relation to the current literature regarding recovery in the context of mental health, it can be argued that studies disproportionately focus on individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and/or other diagnoses including, however not limited to, a diagnosis of depression. Therefore, it seems necessary to develop a deeper understanding of recovery in relation to experiences of depression as this could further enhance existing research and practice.

Aim: To explore and gain an in-depth understanding about the experience of recovery from depression and the meanings attributed to recovery from the perspective of those who self-identify as recovered.

Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven adults. The interviews were analysed using the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).

Findings: Four themes emerged from the analysis: Difficulty moving forward; Plunging in for change alongside struggle; Reconnecting mind and body; and The blemished trophy. Overall, the findings conveyed a complex experience of voyage, change and insights. Recovery appeared to be a paradoxical experience of freeing oneself from the grips of depression, yet not escaping completely unscathed.

Discussion: The findings provide an insight into salient and personal understandings about the complexities of the participants’ experiences and meanings of recovery in relation to depression. The current study highlights how we need to take recovery at the pace of the individual and provide support to help them reconnect and develop a new understanding of themselves.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses > School of Arts and Social Sciences Doctoral Theses
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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