Ett bipolärt liv
: Erfarenheter av bipolär sjukdom

Translated title of the thesis: A bipolar life: Experience of bipolar disorder
  • Tobias Blid Nilsson
  • Marko Lindsjö

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Bipolar disorder is a chronic disease where the person experiencing manic and depressive episodes. During mania has the person an increased energy level, the thoughts flow and impaired reviewed. Depression is characterized by sadness and a gloomy mood. The purpose of this study was to describe the experience a person has to live with bipolar disorder. A narrative analysis was used. This is based on four autobiographies. The results showed that it can take a long time before getting diagnosed and therefore the appropriate treatment. While it is common that patients stop taking their medications because of side effects. People with bipolar disorder often feel anxiety before falling ill with manic or depressive episodes. Emotions such as worry and anxiety can be combined with depressive episodes lead to self-injury. For example, they cut themselves. Those who suffer from bipolar disorder can benefit greatly from their family as a safety-net. Even other people who are in a similar situation can be a great support.

    Date of Award2012-Feb-13
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorAnna Pålsson (Supervisor) & Sören Augustinsson (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Nursing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • bipolar disorder
    • autobiographies
    • experience
    • living with
    • manic-depressive disorder

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