Volume 24, Issue 3

Meaning of Life and Noetic Sources in Patients Diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Suicidal Ideation

There are few studies that focus on the major depressive disorder from the logotherapeutic perspective. The present study pretends to identify the relationship between Life Meaning and Noological resources, in individuals with a major depressive disorder. The sample consisted of 15 institutionalized patients that where diagnosed with a major depressive disorder with suicidal ideation. The ""Escala Dimensional del Sentido de Vida"" and the ""Escala Dimensional de Recursos Noológicos"" were used. It was found that both men and women that suffer from this disorder had low scores in the meaning of life and that they are currently in search of it; it should be highlighted that men scored higher than women in this dimension. A great number of participants maintained ambivalent levels of all the noetic resources. None the less, all factors that aim towards an evaluation of the self-distancing resource, and the elements within it, are distributed in levels of blockage, restriction and ambivalence.

noological resources, meaning in life, major depressive disorder, suicidal ideation

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