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Shadows from the past: The situated meaning of being suicidal among depressed older people living in the community
Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Kongsberg.
Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Kongsberg.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level. Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Kongsberg.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0305-8649
School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa .
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2014 (English)In: Crisis, ISSN 0227-5910, E-ISSN 2151-2396, Vol. 35, no 4, 253-260 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Most depressed older people in a suicidal state have mixed feelings, where the wish to live and the wish to die wage a battle. Aims: To explore and describe depressed older people’s experiences of being suicidal and their search for meaning. Method: Data were collected from 29 participants resident in the Rogaland and Vestfold districts of Norway, by means of individual interviews, after which a thematic analysis was performed. Results: For the participants in this study, the lived experiences of the situated meaning of survival after being suicidal comprised a main theme—”shadows from the past”—and two themes—”feeling that something inside is broken” and ”a struggle to catch the light.” Conclusion: Mental health-care professionals might be able to reduce the risk of suicide and perturbation by helping depressed older people to explore, resolve, and ultimately come to terms with their unresolved historical issues. Additional valuable strategies in primary care settings include encountering patients frequently, monitoring adherence to care plans, and providing support to address the source of emotional pain and distress. 

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Washington: American Psychological Association (APA), 2014. Vol. 35, no 4, 253-260 p.
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7270DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000259OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7270DiVA: diva2:779072
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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