The Meaning of Recovery: The Lived Experience of Patients with Bipolar Disorder in Turkey


Durgu N., DÜLGERLER Ş.

ISSUES IN MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 2020 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

Özet

Recovery in mental illness refers to a process with many aspects, steps and meanings. This study aims to provide a deeper understanding of the lived experience of recovery of patients with bipolar disorder. A qualitative approach with 28 participants was performed. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews. The experiences of the individuals regarding the recovery processes were themed with the journey metaphor: the beginning of the journey, the route of the journey, a stop in the journey, the meaning of the journey. This study suggests ways clinicians must be aware of and adopted contemporary approach which recovery is defined as a process beyond treatment.