Recovery of People with Mental Illness: Philosophical and Related Perspectives

Paperback | September 25, 2012

EditorAbraham Rudnick

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It is only in the past 20 years that the concept of "recovery" from mental health has been more widely considered and researched. Before then, it was generally considered that "stability" was the best that anyone suffering from a mental disorder could hope for. But now it is recognised that,throughout their mental illness, many patients develop new beliefs, feelings, values, attitudes, and ways of dealing with their disorder. The notion of recovery from mental illness is thus rapidly being accepted and is inserting more hope into mainstream psychiatry and other parts of the mentalhealth care system around the world. Yet, in spite of conceptual and other challenges that this notion raises, including a variety of interpretations, there is scarcely any systematic philosophical discussion of it. This book is unique in addressing philosophical issues - including conceptual challenges and opportunities - raised by the notion of recovery of people with mental illness. Such recovery - particularly in relation to serious mental illness such as schizophrenia - is often not about cure and can meandifferent things to different people. For example, it can mean symptom alleviation, ability to work, or the striving toward mental well-being (with or without symptoms). The book addresses these different meanings and their philosophical grounds, bringing to the fore perspectives of people withmental illness and their families as well as perspectives of philosophers, mental health care providers and researchers, among others.The important new work will contribute to further research, reflective practice and policy making in relation to the recovery of people with mental illness. It is essential reading for philosophers of health, psychiatrists, and other mental care providers, as well as policy makers.

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It is only in the past 20 years that the concept of "recovery" from mental health has been more widely considered and researched. Before then, it was generally considered that "stability" was the best that anyone suffering from a mental disorder could hope for. But now it is recognised that,throughout their mental illness, many patient...

Dr. Abraham (Rami) Rudnick, BMedSc, MD, MPsych, PhD, CPRP, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist and a philosopher who conducts research, teaches, practices clinically and leads mental health care services in Canada. His particular expertise is in bioethics and in psychiatric rehabilitation, especially in relation to people with serious mental illn...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pagesPublished:September 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Abraham Rudnick: Preface: Background and OverviewAbout the authorsOverview of Chapter 11. Abraham Rudnick: IntroductionSection 1: First Person Accounts in Relation to Recovery2. Wilma Boevink: Life Beyond Psychiatry3. Margaret Swarbrick: A Wellness Approach to Mental Health Recovery4. Eli Shamir: Families and Patients with Mental Illness - on the recovery roadSection 2: Historical, Epistemological and Metaphysical Aspects of Recovery of People with Mental Illness5. Louis Charland: Benevolence and Discipline: the concept of recovery in early 19th century moral treatment6. Mike Slade: The Epistemological Basis of Personal Recovery7. Kenneth Gill: Contrasting Conceptualizations of Recovery Imply Distinct Research Methodology8. Ademole Adeponle, Robert Whitley, and Laurence J. Kirmayer: Cultural Contexts and Constructions of Recovery9. Beate Schranck, Johannes Wally, and Burghart Schmidt: Recovery and Hope in Relation to Schizophrenia10. Bradley Lewis: Recovery, Narrative Theory and Generative Madness11. Paul Lysaker and John Lysaker: From Being Subjected to Being a Subject: recovery in relation to schizophreniaSection 3: Justice and Other Ethical Aspects of Recovery of People with Mental Illness12. Shlomo Kravetz, and Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon: Some Social Science Antinomies and Their Implications for the Recovery-Oriented Approach to Mental Illness and Psychiatric Rehabilitation13. Peter Zachar and Douglas Porter: Recovery and the Partitioning of Authority in Psychiatry14. Rachel Cooper: Being Ill and Getting Better: recovery and accounts of disorder15. Tim Thornton: Recovery, Model, Values and Narrative Understanding16. Larry Davidson: Considering Recovery as a Process: or, life is not an outcome17. Elizabeth Flanagan, Dror Ben-Zeev, and Patrick Corrigan: Recovery and Stigma: issues of social justice18. Marcus Chiu: Recovery and Advocacy: contextualising justice in relation to recovery from mental illness in East Asia19. Abraham Rudnick: Ethical and Related Practical Issues Faced by Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Care Providers