Experiences of mental illness, treatment and recovery in schizophrenia. An existential-phenomenological exploration

Olson, Paul O. (2016) Experiences of mental illness, treatment and recovery in schizophrenia. An existential-phenomenological exploration. Other thesis, Middlesex University.

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Abstract

This study explores in depth the narratives and experience of recovery from a convenience sample of seven participants with a schizophrenia diagnosis, but now remitted (Andreasen et al, 2005). Three lifeworlds (phases) emerged using hermeneutic phenomenology: (A) Losing existential grounding; (B) Being-within-the-system (i.e. hospitalised); and (C) Outside schizophrenia. Outside has a double meaning as it both emerges from the narratives and also is an important base for existential exploration: what else needs to happen except psychiatry?

Each lifeworld had a different meaning and different behaviours connected to it. Two necessary transitions were identified: First, accepting help; and second, an existential construction or re- construction depending on where in your life course you become affected. Psychotherapy was useful, but not necessary for remission and recovery.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Research Areas: B. > Theses
C. Collaborative Partners > New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC)
Item ID: 21226
Depositing User: Jennifer Basford
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 12:01
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 12:01
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21226

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