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Hilary Bradley

Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Study Completed: 2012
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Adults' Perspectives of Causes and Influences on their Depression

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While much quantitative research into depression and its treatment has been conducted, there is a paucity of literature focusing on individuals’ reflections of their experiences with depression. Ms. Bradley interviewed 13 previously depressed adults a year after their completion of a double-blind dietary intervention study. Thematic analysis of the interviews indicated the pervasiveness of stress and anxiety leading to depression. Common factors included early trauma, being bullied at school and negative attachment to parents. Suicidality seemed more closely related to being bullied at school than linked to gender. Avoidance was the most common coping strategy employed. Additionally, the majority of individuals disliked the side effects of anti-depressants. Findings from her study suggest that the current medical model of depression is insufficient to conceptualize and guide treatment pathways. A social/contextual model might provide a more useful extension to the understanding of depression with context and individual experience being paramount

Dr Dave Clarke
Mrs Cheryl Woolley
Associate Professor Paul Merrick

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