BACKGROUND: Psychiatry benefits from a theoretical foundation that does justice to the various dimensions of psychiatric disorders. Recently, the philosopher Sanneke de Haan proposed a new integral model for psychiatric disorders. AIM: Examining the applicability of De Haan’s model for depression. METHOD: Through a literature review, using five well-known reports of experienced depressions, I examine the applicability of De Haan's model. RESULTS: Because of its multidimensional approach, and in particular its emphatic attention to the existential dimension of depression, De Haan’s model offers the possibility of getting a handle on the complex multiformity of depression. CONCLUSION: De Haan’s model provides a good theoretical foundation for a psychiatric practice that does justice to the multidimensionality of psychiatric conditions such as depression.
|Translated title of the contribution||The multidimensionality of depression: a new model and five stories of experience|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie|
|Publication status||Published - May 2023|