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chronicity of their problems with anxiety and depression
was a major motivating factor for participating in the program. "I was eh, at a stage, I still am at a stage, where I will do anything"-P1
"Because I have suffered for a lot of years with anxiety and
bouts of depression"-P9
Avoiding medication was highlighted by only one of the
participants as an important reason for persisting with the
"I didn't want anti-depressants or things like that. I wanted to
take control of things myself... ...I was determined when I
started to stick to it, to get to the end of the course and understand what the course was about. I also went into it thinking
this might not help me, but I am giving it a try. I am going to
see it through and it did help."-P5 "(the MBCT course was) Something I could work with and
something I saw myself practising out"-P6 "Because I've got severe anxiety and depression so I thought
coming along to this I would be immediately cured – so I am
disappointed in that"-P3
Being in a group
This was the first time that any of the participants, except
one, had been in a group 'intervention'. For several people
this seemed to be an important normalising process.
Themes such as being understood by the group, realising
that you were not alone and being able to show emotion
in a safe environment, emerged as common positive
aspects to being in a group. "It was really good and I got to know other people as well, that
I'm not on my own. There is other people with the same sort of
problems which is good"-P10
For one man being in a group was an important turning
point in his understanding of mental illness;
"Don't ask me, what I was expecting the other people to be?
Raving lunatics, people with axes in their hands, I haven't a
clue – but they were not....it was you, it was my next door
neighbour. They weren't giggling half wits. I know that is rather
narrow minded but they were ordinar...
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2013 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor H during the Spring '11 term at ENGECON University.
- Spring '11