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Table 2 Relevant codes and themes from the analysis using Attride-Stirling’s thematic network analysis [41]

From: “It means so much for me to have a choice”: a qualitative study providing first-person perspectives on medication-free treatment in mental health care

Codes Basic themes Organizing themes Global theme
Information – treatment options and rights Communication skills Interpersonal relationships between therapists and patients Personal recovery processes facilitated by more psychosocial treatment options within mental health care – medication-free treatment programme
Doctor, trust and availability
Power play Potential difficulties
Substituting AP medication with other treatment
The importance of having a choice Processes of treatment choices Patterns of suffering and how choices are made
Choosing the unknown
Choosing medication; effects, side effects
Getting experience Developing personal illness understanding, considering consequences
Worsening: not an easy way out
Outside factors, keep work and family
Expectations; do it myself Personal responsibility for recovery Motivation and personal agency in the recovery process
Coping strategies
Doing stupid things
Being independent, not telling Future life hopes and thoughts, independence in life and treatment situations
Dreams and hopes; work, studies, family
Not being hard on myself