Att leva med bipolär sjukdom.

Translated title of the thesis: Living with bipolar disorder.
  • Emelie Nilsson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: Bipolar disorder involves periods of mania and depression, which may cause difficulties for those affected. In order to understand and help those affected, health care providers need to be aware of the subjective experience and coping skills of their clients. Purpose: To examine how people with bipolar disorder experience and handle their illness. Method: A literature review of relevant qualitative articles was conducted. Results: subjects' attitudes towards the diagnosis and treatment varied and the relationship with healthcare professionals was relevant. The disorder was accompanied with feelings of uncertainty, uncontrollability and instability. It also affected self confidence, self-esteem, caused an experience of stigma and relationship difficulties. Coping strategies included acceptance, information, structure of everyday life and family support. Discussion: Antonovskys theory about sense of coherence, SOC, was used for the discussion Acceptance and motivation to treatment are key- topics for health care professionals. Clients lower self- esteem and the issue of stigma needs to be addressed. This might increase the clients SOC and facilitate the move towards a salutogenic perspective. Patient information should be adapted to individual needs. Conclusion: Awareness of individual experiences and skills is necessary. The clients care and treatment needs to be adapted accordingly.

    Date of Award2013-Feb-26
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorIrene Persson (Supervisor) & Gerth Hedov (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Nursing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Psychology (50101)
    • Nursing (30305)


    • bipolar disorder
    • experience
    • handle

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