Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Living with bipolar disorder: We adhere to our medication
by Kemp, Bonnie S., M.S., Gonzaga University, 2010, 89; 1485791
Abstract (Summary)

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition, with significant lifelong consequences. Effective medications are available to manage the illness, but failing to take the medication is a problem interfering with treatment. However, many people are faithful taking medication. The aim of this qualitative autoethnographic study is to give voice to individuals living with bipolar disorder who adhere to their medication regime, through the eyes of a provider also living with the disorder. Data was gathered through conversational interviews exploring the experiences of 5 individuals living with bipolar disorder adherent to their medication regime, including the researcher's own experience. Four themes emerged: feeling fear, feeling challenged, feeling balanced, and feelings toward providers. Results illuminate why these individuals adhere, challenges faced, successful strategies used to stabilize the disorder, and information co-participants desired to communicate to providers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ramirez, Jeff
School: Gonzaga University
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Nursing
Publication Number: 1485791
ISBN: 978-1-124-16819-7
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