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What Better Feels Like: Answers from People Who Have Experienced Depression
Many interviewees agreed that
better is not a destination but a journey. This document offers a place to start.
What Better Feels Like: A Guide to Maintaining Wellness
Each interviewee emphasized the importance of maintaining their wellness, once better was achieved.
Ten people from across the country agreed to be interviewed about their depression and their journey to better. All had experienced at least one major depressive episode with many having recurring bouts. While each voice is unique, their experiences had striking similarities.
Special thanks to interviewees
Just like it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression so people will seek treatment, it is also important to recognize the signs of recovery - what better feels like.
Mood Disorders Society of Canada embarked on a project to learn from others - who have "been there", what better feels like to them. Ten people were interviewed who had experienced depression. They answered questions like, What is depression like? What are the signs of getting better? What helped and what didn't? And what does better feel like?
The results... two documents and several videos in the words of those who have lived experience
More About the Project
Each interviewee received the questions in advance so they could reflect upon what their answers would be. Interviewees often remarked that they found the questions to be challenging. People said that they had to really think about their answers. All felt that they had been made to think - in a good way. And all were pleased to be able to contribute.
2. How did you know you weren't getting better and what did you do?
3. What do you think was the trigger (s) that allowed you to turn the corner?
4. What do you see as the "ingredients" that led to your getting better? What was helpful?
5. If not covered in the question above, can you tell me specifically how you worked with your professional caregivers? What was not helpful?
6. Define what better feels like - for you.
7. Tell me what you do to maintain your wellness?
While the research focused on the answer to the question, what better feels like, the questionnaire covered a number of topics - as did the interviewees who did not feel at all constrained by the format and talked about their experiences in whatever ways they wished.
The "Answers" document is organized around the themes that emerged, some of which follow the questions asked and some of which do not. It stays true to the voices of the interviewees. This way, their personalities, their passions and their sage advice is in their own words.
The "Guide" is based on what interviewees learned. It is a woven narrative of a summary of the points they wanted readers to understand. Their actual words punctuate sections of the guide to provide emphasis and insight into their recommendations on how to maintain wellness.
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