Understanding Adaptation to First Episode Psychosis Through the Creation of Images

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Attard, A, Larkin, M, Boden, Z and Jackson, C (2017). Understanding Adaptation to First Episode Psychosis Through the Creation of Images. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health. 4 (1), pp. 73-88.
AuthorsAttard, A, Larkin, M, Boden, Z and Jackson, C
Abstract

This article aims to understand and explore the meaning of adaptation to First Episode Psychosis (FEP). An innovative method of data collection was used with ten participants who experienced FEP which integrated drawings of their lived experience within semi-structured interviews. The data were analysed through Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and hermeneutic-phenomenological image analysis. Participants’ experience was captured in four superordinate themes which identified that adaptation to FEP entailed: ‘Finding out how psychosis fits into my story’, ‘Breaking free from psychosis’, ‘Fighting my way through psychosis’, and ‘Finding a new way of being ‘me’’. . The participants’ path of adaptation to FEP was an interplay of pains, challenges, and gains, and there was resonance with post-traumatic growth in their accounts. This article illustrates that creating images may offer a powerful way of communicating the multifaceted aspects of adaptation to FEP and could help individuals in communicating and processing their experience.

KeywordsPublic Health And Health Services
Year2017
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health
Journal citation4 (1), pp. 73-88
PublisherHampstead Psychological Associates
ISSN1475-7192
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s40737-017-0079-8
Publication dates
Print17 Apr 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited03 Apr 2017
Accepted09 Mar 2017
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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