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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Claire McKenzie, Kristina Bennert, and David Kessler are part of the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol. Alan Montgomery is with the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit, South Road, Nottingham, NG7 2FT. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Claire McKenzie: claire.mckenzie@bristol.ac.uk or flux13@hotmail.com.

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