Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

"The old me could never have done that": how people give meaning to recovery following depression

By Damien T. Ridge and S Ziebland

Abstract

Depression is usually a "self-limiting" condition, and recovery is likely, even if people do have subsequent episodes. However, despite considerable research into depression, little is known about how people actually go about understanding and organizing their recovery from depression. In this article, the authors draw on one-to-one interviews with people who have experienced mainly severe depression to explore the approaches and meanings attributed to overcoming depression. They used unstructured and semistructured interview phases to collect data and a modified grounded theory approach to analysis. They interviewed 38 men and women who had previously experienced depression (selected using the principles of maximum variation sampling through general practitioners, support groups, and newsletters) in late 2003 and early 2004. The authors explore the specific components involved in recovery (e.g., authenticity, responsibility, rewriting depression into the self), the stories people tell about their recovery, and the strategies deployed to revitalize life following depression. Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Ltd from Ridge, Damien Thomas and Ziebland, Sue (2006, Qualitative Health Research, 16 (8). pp.1038-1053. Copyright 2006 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution

Topics: UOWSAT
OAI identifier: oai:westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk:3561
Provided by: WestminsterResearch

Suggested articles

Citations

  1. (1996). (Re)Defining my self: Women's process of recovery from depression.
  2. (2001). A qualitative study of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression.
  3. (1995). A search for meaning: Making sense of depression.
  4. (2000). As one should, ought and wants to be: Belonging and authenticity in identity narratives.
  5. (2003). Being Gay, Being Straight and Being Yourself: Local and Global Reflections on Identity, Authenticity and the Lesbian and Gay Scene.
  6. (1998). Bright star - black sky: A phenomenological study of depression as a window into the psyche of the gifted adolescent.
  7. (2002). Chronicling an academic depression.
  8. (2004). Global burden of depressive disorders in the year
  9. (1997). It's about time: Narrative and the divided self.
  10. (2005). It's caveman stuff, but that is to a certain extent how guys still operate': men's accounts of masculinity and help seeking,
  11. (1994). Living with depression: Illness and Identity Turning Points.
  12. (2006). Men's accounts of depression: reconstructing or resisting hegemonic masculinity? Social Science & Medicine,
  13. (2002). Postpartum depression: A metasynthesis.
  14. (1997). Queer Connections: Community, "the Scene," and an Epidemic.
  15. (1999). The Abyss: Exploring depression through the narrative of the self.
  16. (1967). The discovery of grounded theory: Strategies for qualitative research.
  17. (1999). The effectiveness of long-term psychoanalytic therapies. In
  18. (2002). The Noonday Demon. An Anatomy of Depression. London: Chatto and Windus.
  19. (1997). The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics. West Sussex:
  20. (1994). Using Computers in Qualitative Research. In

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.