Whose life am I living? Relatives living in the shadow of depression

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Whose life am I living? Relatives living in the shadow of depression
Author(s) Stjernswärd, Sigrid ; Östman, Margareta
Date 2008
English abstract
Background: Families living with mental illness experience added burden and need information and support. Aim: This aim of this study was to explore the experiences of families living close to a depressed individual. Methods: Eighteen persons were interviewed individually or in focus groups. Data was analysed using a grounded theory-inspired methodology. Results: Most participants expressed a feeling of not living their own life, struggling to balance relationships, adapting to and re-evaluating their life circumstances, and struggling to voice their ill relatives’ and their own needs. Conclusions: More can be done to help and sustain hope in the relatives of persons with depression. Key words: depression, family burden, support, grounded theory, interviews, focus groups
Host/Issue International Journal of Social Psychiatry;54
Pages 4, 358-369
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) depression
relatives
Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Health and medical services in society
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Psychiatry
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/6600 (link to this page)

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