Distress and depression often go unrecognised in people with diabetes. In this article, I present an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) of the lived experience of people with Type 2 diabetes, based on individual in-depth interviews with 10 patients. The purpose of this research was to gain a deeper understanding of these psychological symptoms through a detailed examination of how patients interpret and respond to their experience of the condition. I propose a revised model for the connection between the disease of diabetes and patients’ lived experiences of illness, as one of embodied coexistence rather than relation. Through my analysis, I identify the psychological processes that might need to be addressed in an effective preventative support system.
Depression, Diabetes, Distress, Illness Experience, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Psychological Wellbeing
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McKenzie, C., Bennert, K., Kessler, D., & Montgomery, A. (2016). The Illness-Disease Dynamic: Psychological Wellbeing in Type 2 Diabetes: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The Qualitative Report, 21(5), 933-951. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol21/iss5/11