Exploring the meaning of life from the perspective of patients with depression: A phenomenological study

Yi Yun Zeng, Ann Long, Chun Ying Chiang, Nien Mu Chiu, Fan Ko Sun*

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Abstract

This study explored the perceptions of meaning of life for patients with depression. A qualitative phenomenology approach was used. Patients with depression (n = 20) were recruited until data saturation occurred. Findings revealed four themes all related to their value of: (1) accepting depression; (2) appreciating work (paid and non-paid); (3) embodying love and taking on responsibilities; (4) receiving spiritual comfort. Healthcare professionals could facilitate patients with depression to explore their meaning of life while enduring and transforming the emotional pain that accompanies depression, hence, perhaps, decreasing their suicidal ideations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-433
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 2021

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Keywords

  • Depression
  • Meaning-of-life
  • Phenomenology

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