Personal accounts of living with schizophrenia across a lifetime, coping strategies, and subjective perspectives

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Abstract

This chapter provides an in-depth perspective of the subjective experience of ageing individuals with schizophrenia. Phenomenological in-depth interviews were conducted with 18 patients and revealed the following themes: (1) Narrating schizophrenia: "Why did this happen to me?"; (2) Schizophrenia: Figure or background and coping with lifelong mental illness; (3) Between adversity and personal growth: Meaning-making and Aging with schizophrenia; (4) Ageing individuals with schizophrenia: Searching for a voice. Personal accounts of living with schizophrenia across a lifetime through biography, life changes, and subjectivity, including a sense of recovery and growth, as well as adversity shows a heterogenic picture that is depicted using a phenomenological approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSchizophrenia and psychoses in later life : new perspectives on treatment, research, and policy
EditorsCarl I. Cohen, Paul D. Meesters
Place of PublicationCambridge UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Chapter16
Pages200-211
Number of pages12
Edition1st ed.
ISBN (Print)1108337317
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameCambridge medicine (Series)

Keywords

  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Older people -- Mental health services
  • Schizophrenia in old age

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