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Temporal inabilities and decision-making capacity in depression

Owen, Gareth S and Freyenhagen, Fabian and Hotopf, Matthew and Martin, Wayne (2015) 'Temporal inabilities and decision-making capacity in depression.' Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 14 (1). 163 - 182. ISSN 1568-7759

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Abstract

We report on an interview-based study of decision-making capacity in two classes of patients suffering from depression. Developing a method of second-person hermeneutic phenomenology, we articulate the distinctive combination of temporal agility and temporal inability characteristic of the experience of severely depressed patients. We argue that a cluster of decision-specific temporal abilities is a critical element of decision-making capacity, and we show that loss of these abilities is a risk factor distinguishing severely depressed patients from mildly/moderately depressed patients. We explore the legal and clinical consequences of this result.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2013 13:55
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2018 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8159

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