Remarkable Lives : Michelle Walker in conversation with Jerome Carson

Walker, Michelle and Carson, Jerome ORCID: 0000-0002-7596-116X (2019) Remarkable Lives : Michelle Walker in conversation with Jerome Carson. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 23 (2). pp. 71-75. ISSN 2042-8316

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide a profile of Michelle Walker. In this single Case Study, Michelle gives a short background to the development of her depression and is then interviewed by Jerome. Michelle sets out the reasons she developed depression. These map onto the research conducted by Brown and Harris some 50 years ago, showing how social factors can create a vulnerability to develop depression. Single case studies provide us with one person’s narrative. That narrative is however unique and can often offer us insights that are lost in large statistical surveys. Michelle found the CBT approach really helped her. However she should never have had to wait as long as she did for that help. Mental health services must respond quickly, even if only to offer a triage assessment. Brown and Harris identified four key vulnerability factors for depression in women. Michelle met three of these. How many other women are in a similar situation and are suffering in silence? We can learn a lot from the factors that helped Michelle recover from her depressive episode. Medication, CBT, the support of her mother, education and finding her soulmate and although she doesn’t say it, her own rugged determination and personal resilience.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper published in Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Copyright © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited
Uncontrolled Keywords: post-natal depression, education, resilience, CBT, medication, relationships
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2019 10:03
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2019 08:19
Identification Number: 10.1108/MHSI-01-2019-0003
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2126

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