Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
MIASSO, Adriana Inocenti; CASSIANI, Silvia Helena De Bortoli and PEDRAO, Luiz Jorge. Bipolar affective disorder and medication therapy: identifying barriers. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.4, pp. 739-745. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692008000400014.
This study identified the barriers faced by people with bipolar affective disorder (BAD) regarding the need for continuous medication. The qualitative approach was used, and the methodological framework was based on the Grounded Theory in the light of Symbolic Interactionism. In total, of 14 people with BAD, who were being attended at the Outpatient Unit for Mood Disorders of a university hospital, and 14 relatives indicated by them participated in the study. The data collection was carried out through interviews and observation. Two categories emerged from the results, describing the barriers faced by people with BAD: to have affective and cognitive losses and to have several limitations. People with BAD feel ambivalent regarding medication adherence, as they perceive that, no matter the direction they take, it will lead to a context of prejudice, losses and limitations in various spheres of daily life.
Keywords : bipolar disorder; self medication; interpersonal relations.