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Advances in Psychiatry
Volume 2015, Article ID 438149, 6 pages
Research Article

Occupational Performance and Affective Symptoms for Patients with Depression Disorder

1Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital, 581 85 Linköping, Sweden
2Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Received 27 August 2014; Revised 17 January 2015; Accepted 19 January 2015

Academic Editor: Raphael J. Braga

Copyright © 2015 Åsa Daremo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this study was to describe recovering over time in occupational performance and in affective symptoms for patients with depression disorder by using different assessments and methods for collecting data. A longitudinal design with data collections on repeated occasions was used. The Occupational Circumstances Assessment Interview and Rating Scale and Occupational Self-Assessment were used for measuring occupational performance, and for affective symptoms, a Comprehensive Psychopathological Rating Scale Self-Assessment was used. Fourteen patients with depression disorder were included in the study. The result indicates that affective symptoms improve earlier than occupational performance. Furthermore, self-assessment seems to reflect more improvement to the patient than interview-based assessment. Different kinds of assessment and different kinds of data collection methods seem to facilitate the understanding of the patients recovering. In addition habituation was the most important item for the patients to manage. One implication for practice is that patients may need an extended period of treatment supporting occupational performance.