The Experiences of North-Central Rural Appalachian Clients Who Utilize Mental Health Services

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Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory consensual qualitative research study was to examine the experiences of eight clients from north-central Appalachia who interfaced with the mental health system as consumers of mental health services. The inductive data analysis yielded four primary domains: reasons to seek services, experiences with therapy, understanding diagnosis and medication, and the role of others. The findings of the study, its limitations, and recommendations for future research are offered.

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