Recovery efter depression set fra et patientperspektiv: Et kvalitativt studie omkring depressive patienters oplevelse af depression og deres vej mod recovery

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Background: It is argued that in the year 2020 depression will be one of the world's greatest health burdens.
Object: The purpose of the study is to gain deeper knowledge of the depressive patient's experience of recovery from depression and to understand what effort this process requires.
Method: The study is a qualitative interview study including 5 adult informants with major depressive disorder. All informants have completed a course of psychoeducation and were interviewed through semi-structured interview guides. The empirical material is analyzed and interpreted using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach.
Findings: Four main themes were identified: 1) Experience of change, 2) Loss of integrity, 3) Redefinition of identity and 4) Coping of the future.
Conclusion: Depression changes the individual and no simple procedure can lead to recovery. The informants struggle with keeping their integrity intact and the most important factor in the recovery process is the relationship to others.

Keywords: major depressive disorder, patients’ perspective, qualitative research, recovery, social recovery
TidsskriftKlinisk sygepleje
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)131-146
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2017


  • Sygdom, sundhedsvidenskab og sygepleje
  • Depression
  • recovery
  • Socialt arbejde og sociale forhold