Severe Depression and Relationships: The Effect of Mental Illness on Sexuality

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Severe Depression and Relationships: The Effect of Mental Illness on Sexuality

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dc.contributor.author Östman, Margareta
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T14:42:57Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T14:42:57Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9354
dc.description.abstract This presentation sought to investigate how the sexuality of patients and their partners is affected by the mental illness, and their experience of needing support from psychiatric services. Qualitative designed in-depth interviews of ten patients admitted to a psychiatric in-patient ward specialising in affective disorders and their partners, was carried out and the data analysed by thematic analysis. The following domains emerged: aspects related to the patient him/herself; aspects in relation to medical care; aspects related to the partner him/herself; aspects in relationship to the partner, and aspects in relation to the psychiatric services. Both patients and partners described a feeling of abandonment in the absence of any support or treatment initiative from psychiatric services. They also expressed dissatisfaction with the patient therapist treatment method being focused on one to one therapy leaving their partners feeling excluded and overlooking the partners in having a more interactive role in the treatment process. Our findings highlight the complex nature of dysfunctional sexuality, involving not only the patients who suffer from severe mental illness but their partners as well. Psychiatric services appear to lack methods of support relating to sexuality and long-term relationships. en
dc.format.extent 1
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.subject.classification Medicine en
dc.title Severe Depression and Relationships: The Effect of Mental Illness on Sexuality en
dc.type Conference Paper, other en_US
dc.relation.url http://www.ialmh.org/ en
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Health and Welfare Studies (HV) en_US
dc.description.other XXXIst International Congress on Law and Mental Health, New York University Law School June 28 - July 3, 2009 en
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Psychiatry en
dc.identifier.url http://www.ialmh.org/NewYork2009/Final_book.pdf
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Abstracts of the XXXIst International Congress on Law and Mental Health
dcterms.description.conferenceName International Congress on Law and Mental Health
dcterms.description.conferencePlace New York
dcterms.description.conferenceYear 2009
dc.format.ePage 79
dc.format.sPage 79
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