Recent research has suggested that people suffering from severe mental illness develop strategies to cope with their disorder. This study describes one specific strategy of coping with psychosis through the use of narrative or a story. The report is based on bimonthly, semistructured research interviews conducted with 43 persons who were hospitalized for severe mental illness with psychotic features over a 1-year period. Qualitative analysis revealed five distinct categories, which seem to reflect different interactions between the participants' sense of self in relation to their illness. Narrative theory helped to identify subtleties in these interactions described by participants and conceptualize the categories. Conceptual and clinical implications of this process and future research opportunities are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health