The Importance of Meaning: A Narrative Analysis of Women's Experience with Depression
It has been widely cited that women are twice as likely as men to experience depression at clinical and sub clinical levels. This difference begins during puberty and persists throughout the lifespan. There is much debate regarding the causes of the gender difference in rates of depression. The current study is a narrative analysis of 6 women's subjective experience with depression. The themes analyzed include loss of meaning, which is associated with a lack of emotion and a felt loss of self, the effects of the stigmatization of depression on one's experience with depression, and the meaning one is able to create following a depressive experience. This study seeks to present these individual's experience of depression from their own perspective.