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Vitenskapelig artikkel

Risking existence: The experience and handling of depression

  • Marte Bygstad-Landro og
  • Tove Giske


Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN)
ISSN 0962-1067
e-ISSN 1365-2702
NVI-nivå 2

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2018
Volum: 27
Hefte: 3-4
Sider: e514 - e522


Scopus-ID: 2-s2.0-85042276074

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Risking existence: The experience and handling of depression


Aims and objectives: To gain insight into how people suffering from depression experience and manage life. Background: Depression is the leading cause of incapacitation and constitutes the second largest healthcare burden worldwide, causing considerable discomfort for depression sufferers and their significant others. Depression must be understood against the backdrop of a person’s context as well as biological, psychological and social factors. While various studies have been conducted on the process of depression, only a few studies have examined its existential aspects. Design: A classical grounded theory methodology employing open and selective coding was used to identify the participants’ main concern and the strategies they used to handle it. Method: Data were collected in 2015–2016 during 18 in-depth interviews with people with current or former moderate depression. The data were analysed through constant comparisons until the grounded theory emerged. Results/findings: The main concern of the participants was Longing for belonging, and they handled their depression through a process named Risking existence. The process comprised four phases: (i) Ungraspable processing; (ii) Giving clues; (iii) Daring dependence; and (iv) Courage to be. The process of risking existence was accompanied from beginning to end by three essentials: to hope, to endure and shame. Conclusion: Working in mental health care involves encountering the pain, suffering and despair that humans endure. This challenges nurses to go beyond the symptoms and to listen for their meaning to each individual person. Relevance to clinical practice: The grounded theory of risking existence provides a model by which nurses can orient themselves when working with people who are depressed. Each phase describes different strategies that patients use that can help the nurse recognise what is going on, thus enabling him or her to understand and guide his or her patients.


Marte Bygstad-Landro

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Senter for diakoni og profesjonell praksis ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole
  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Solli Distriktspsykiatriske senter​ ved Private ideelle i Helse Vest
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Tove Giske

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Fakultet for helsefag ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole
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