Master of Arts (MA)
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Kathryn Hausbeck Korgan
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Bipolar disorder is a lifelong mood disorder with diagnostic criteria that provide a description of expected experiences of individuals diagnosed with BD (e.g., elevated mood, sadness, difficulty concentrating). Despite these criteria, the inner experience of these individuals is largely unknown. Understanding the inner experience of individuals diagnosed with BD may prove essential in understanding and treating BD. The present study examined the inner experience of four individuals diagnosed with BD using the Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES) method (Hurlburt 1990, 1993, 2011). Results revealed all our participants had clear and prevalent experiences of sensory awareness. They also had difficulties apprehending and conveying clear inner experience; they all seemed to have a deficit of clear experience. Lastly, they all lacked coherent experience of feelings.
Bipolar Disorder; Descriptive Experience Sampling; Inner Experience; Introspection; Manic-depressive illness; Manic-depressive persons
Clinical Psychology | Mental Disorders | Psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kang, Johanah, "Examining the Inner Experience of Four Individuals with Bipolar Disorder Using Descriptive Experience Sampling" (2013). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1999.
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