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The role of work in recovery from bipolar disorders
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2013 (English)In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 12, no 3, 323-339 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Being in recovery from bipolar disorder involves work-related concerns. The specific aims of this study are to: 1) understand the role of work in recovery from bipolar disorders, and 2) understand how people with such disorders deal with work-related challenges. These topics are examined from the stance of the recovery process, in which work-related activities were explored. Semi-structured, qualitative interviews were conducted with persons who had experienced recovery from bipolar disorder. Analysis was performed through thematic and phenomenological analysis, with hermeneutic phenomenology and reflexive methodology as a framework. The findings are presented through the following themes: 1) many types of work - finding meaning and a focus; 2) helpful roles and contexts - to be much more than a person with an illness; 3) making work possible - the role of supportive relationships and supportive medications, and 4) the costs of working too much - finding a meaningful and healthy balance.

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2013. Vol. 12, no 3, 323-339 p.
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Mental health, qualitative secondary analysis, subjectivity, work
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-91846DOI: 10.1177/1473325011424642ISI: 000319563700006OAI: diva2:635807


Available from: 2013-07-05 Created: 2013-07-04 Last updated: 2013-07-05Bibliographically approved

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