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Depression and embodiment: phenomenological reflections on motility, affectivity, and transcendence.
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PMID:  23378190     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This paper integrates personal narratives with the methods of phenomenology in order to draw some general conclusions about 'what it means' and 'what it feels like' to be depressed. The analysis has three parts. First, it explores the ways in which depression disrupts everyday experiences of spatial orientation and motility. This disruption makes it difficult for the person to move and perform basic functional tasks, resulting in a collapse or contraction of the life-world. Second, it illustrates how depression creates a situational atmosphere of emotional indifference that reduces the person's ability to qualitatively distinguish what matters in his or her life because nothing stands out as significant or important anymore. In this regard, depression is distinct from other feelings because it is not directed towards particular objects or situations but to the world as a whole. Finally, the paper examines how depression diminishes the possibility for 'self-creation' or 'self-making'. Restricted by the illness, depression becomes something of a destiny, preventing the person from being open and free to access a range of alternative self-interpretations, identities, and possible ways of being-in-the-world.
Kevin A Aho
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-4
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Title:  Medicine, health care, and philosophy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1572-8633     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Health Care Philos     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
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Created Date:  2013-2-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9815900     Medline TA:  Med Health Care Philos     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, 33965-6565, USA,
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