Journal article

Depression recovery from the primary care patient's perspective: 'hear it in my voice and see it in my eyes'.

Caroline Johnson, Jane Gunn, Renata Kokanovic

Mental Health in Family Medicine | Published : 2009

Abstract

Purpose This paper aims to contribute to the discussion about the concept of recovery from depression from the patient perspective.Methods A structured, computer-assisted telephone interview of 576 participants from the Australian diamond cohort study who were asked, at the one year follow-up, how they would know if someone had recovered from depression. The responses were thematically analysed using a modified grounded-theory approach.Results Participants found the question challenging on a number of levels, relating to the definition of recovery, the subjective nature of getting better from depression, pessimism about the possibility of recovery and concerns that people hide how they reall..

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