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Title: The experiences and risks of living with bipolar disorder
Author: Turner, Katie
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis is an exploration of some of the risks associated with Bipolar Disorder and the lived experiences of people with Bipolar Disorder. It begins with a systematic review of the risk factors associated with Substance Use Disorder in adolescents with Bipolar Disorder. Eleven research papers, consisting of seven separate research projects were included for review. Support for a number of risk factors being implicated as causing a higher risk for the development of substance use disorder were identified. The majority of these consisted of individual factors such as co morbid mental health issues and exposure to trauma. However, these finding must be considered within the context of the methodological limitations of the current research body. Implications with regards to clinical practice are discussed. The second paper reports on an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis exploring the experiences of mania in adults with Bipolar Disorder. Six participants were recruited to this study and interviewed using semi-structured interviews. Three super ordinate themes emerged from the data; ‘if you could bottle it and sell it’, ‘the darker side of mania’ and ‘Loss - past, present and future’. Participant’s accounts were characterised by recognition of the positive but unsustainable nature of their manic experiences. Participants reflected upon the aftermath of their manic experiences and what it meant to live now as a person who had had this experience. Finally, participants considered the losses they had encountered as a part of their manic experiences, and the existential questions they had been forced to ask about their identities. The clinical implications of the findings and future directions for research are discussed. The final paper is a reflective account of the researcher’s journey through the research process. Particular attention is given to the researcher’s sense of transitioning from trainee to competent researcher.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RC Internal medicine