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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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MIASSO, Adriana Inocenti; CASSIANI, Silvia Helena De Bortoli  and  PEDRAO, Luiz Jorge. Affective bipolar disorder and ambivalence in relation to the drug treatment: analyzing the causal conditions. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.2, pp.433-441. ISSN 0080-6234.

This study was performed with an aim to understand the conditions causing the ambivalence of the person with bipolar affective disorder (BAD) regarding following the drug treatment. A qualitative approach was used, with the Grounded Theory as the methodology framework, under the light of Symbolic Interactionism. Participants were 14 individuals with BAD who were being followed at an Outpatient Clinic for Mood Disorders of a university hospital and 14 relatives they indicated. Interviews and observation were the main forms of obtaining data. Results revealed three categories that described the referred causal conditions: experiencing the crises of the disorder; needing the drug; and living with the side effects of the drugs. It was found that there is a need to change the attitude of some health professionals from blaming the patient for interrupting the treatment to one of listening, valuing their symbolic and affective universe as well as the partnership in the treatment.

Keywords : Bipolar disorder; Drug administration schedule; Therapeutics; Family.

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