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Living with Mental Disorder

Insights from Qualitative Research, 1st Edition

By Jacqueline Corcoran


368 pages

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This evidence-based text puts a human face on mental disorders, illuminating the lived experience of people with mental health difficulties and their caregivers. Systematically reviewing the qualitative research conducted on living with a mental disorder, this text coalesces a large body of knowledge and centers on those disorders that have sufficient qualitative research to synthesize, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, intellectual disabilities, mood disorders, schizophrenia and dementia. 

Supported by numerous quotes, the text explores the perspective of those suffering with a mental disorder and their caregivers, discovering their experience of burden, their understanding of and the meaning they give to their disorder, the strengths and coping they have used to manage, as well as their interactions with the formal treatment system and the use of medication.

This book will be of immense value to students, practitioners, and academics that support, study, and treat people in mental distress and their families.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview 2. Methodology of Studies Part 1: Disorders in Children 3. Caregiver Perspectives of ADHD in Children 4. The Lived Experience of Parents in the USA with Children Diagnosed with ADHA 5. The Lived Experience of Parents with Youth with Intellectual Disability Part 2: Disorders in Adults 6. Bipolar Disorder 7. Schizophrenia Part 3: Disorders in Women 8. Depression in Women 9. Bulimia Nervosa Part 4: Disorders in Older Adults 10. Adults and Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilites: Health, Sexuality and Aging with Matthew Bogenschutz 11. Adult Child Caregivers of Older Adults Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disorder 12. Depression in Older Adults

About the Author

Jacqueline Corcoran is Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. She has published 14 texts and non-fiction books in social work, mental health, and counseling, and over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as novels. She also maintains a small private practice. For more information, see

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues