Living with schizophrenia and atypical medication

Gill, A ORCID:, Morrall, P and Knapp, P 2016, 'Living with schizophrenia and atypical medication' , Mental Health Practice, 19 (5) , pp. 12-19.

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Background There is no available evidence providing detailed and valid accounts of how people with schizophrenia construct meaning in their lives.
Aim To explore the lived experiences of people with schizophrenia who had been prescribed atypical antipsychotic medications.
Methods Adopting a phenomenological approach, a purposive sample of 19 adults with schizophrenia provided data using a combination of daily diaries and individual face-to-face interviews.
Findings Five core themes were evident in the data: social isolation, stigma, quality of life, confidence and social networks. The findings provide a distinctive, enlightening and encouraging insight into how people diagnosed with schizophrenia live their lives.
Conclusion Participants reported a loss of identity and control over their lives and they said that stigma continues to have a detrimental effect on their lived experiences. However, despite these impairments, many of the participants managed to integrate themselves into the community and participate in meaningful activities associated with everyday living.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Mental Health Practice
Publisher: RCN Publishing
ISSN: 1465-8720
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Depositing User: Dr Tony Gill
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 14:08
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 03:57

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