Older Persons’ Lived Experiences of Depression and Self-Management
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionIssues in Mental Health Nursing. 2013, 34 (10), 757-764. 10.3109/01612840.2013.809829
Mental ill-health, such as depression in the elderly, is a complex issue that is influenced by the life-world perspective of older persons. Their self-management ability should be strengthened based on an understanding of their situation, perspectives, and vulnerability. The aim of this study was to explore and increase understanding of old persons’ lived experiences of depression and self-management using an interpretative explorative design. Understanding was developed by means of hermeneutic interpretation. One theme, Relationships and Togetherness, and four subthemes, A Sense of Carrying a ShoulderBag, Walking on Eggshells, Holding the Reins, and Estrangement—a Loss of Togetherness, emerged. A collaborative approach can be important for empowering older persons through self-development and management. Although the findings of the present study cannot be considered conclusive or definitive, they nevertheless contribute new knowledge of older persons’ lived experiences of depression in everyday life.