Projects & Grants

Internal Grant Competition DGC
START-UP grant

The process of recovery from recurrent depressive disorder from the perspective of psychologists and psychotherapists
Project IdSGS11/FF/2023
Main solverMgr. Aleš Neusar, Ph.D.
Period1/2023 - 12/2023
ProviderSpecifický VŠ výzkum
AnotationThe research project focuses on the process of recovery from recurrent (i.e. at least twice reoccurring) depressive disorder. People who experience depressive disorder more than once are often referred to as chronic patients for whom lifelong maintenance treatment with medication is recommended (APA, 2020), possibly in combination with psychotherapy. Despite this, we do see in practice that some people do eventually recover from recurrent depressive disorder, and we are interested in how psychologists or psychotherapists (referred to as responders) explain the recovery of these people. The aim of the research will therefore be to identify what all contributes to recovery from recurrent depression according to the respondents. We will seek to capture these results in context. What kind of clients were they? How did these people live? Why were they most likely to have developed and recurred depressive disorder? In what context did improvement begin to occur? How do respondents explain that the processes and changes in question worked for these clients? We will consider a minimum of three years without a depressive episode and a minimum of one year without antidepressant or other treatment as criteria for being cured. The research will be conducted using semi-structured interviews. Respondents will be experienced professionals who have extensive experience with the clients. The data will be subsequently processed by qualitative analysis. The research is part of a larger project by Dr. Neusar, which focuses on the process of recovery from depressive disorder from the perspective of the people who suffer from the disorder and from the perspective of professionals (e.g. psychologists, psychotherapists or psychiatrists) who provide professional help to these people.