Tag: recovery from mental illness

Recovery Porn: Tell Me Your Story, I’ll Tell You Your Value

There is little denying the power of story… until our own stories get taken from us, positioned against us, and used to determine our value as some sort of human commodity. We deserve to have our stories heard and to hear the stories of others, but on our own terms, without being fetishized or controlled, and without competition for paltry awards and recognition.

From ‚ÄúRecovery‚ÄĚ to ‚ÄúTransformation and Recovery‚ÄĚ

Just ‚Äúrecovering‚ÄĚ one‚Äôs previous way of functioning is not so likely to work, because usually something wasn‚Äôt working prior to the psychosis. It was that which set off the psychosis, and if that isn‚Äôt changed, any ‚Äúrecovery‚ÄĚ may not be worth much, as the problems, and so the need to transform, will likely still be present.

More on the Power of Diversity: The “Hidden Recovered”

If we look at stigma as arising from the fear of things perceived as unfamiliar and judged abnormal, then we must think of challenging stigma by making the characteristics associated with stigma more familiar and thus less fearful. For me, central to stigma is discrimination and exclusion. The antidote: working with someone as a colleague, knowing such a person as a neighbor and friend.

Recovery: Compromise or Liberation?

The 90s were labeled - rather optimistically - as the ‚Äėdecade of recovery.‚Äô More recently, recovery has been placed slap bang central in mental health policy. Is supporting recovery pretty much good common sense? Or is the term being misused to pressure those suffering to behave in certain ways?

The Revolution in Psychotherapy

Since the time of Freud, the field of psychotherapy has assumed that modalities and techniques were the instruments of change in psychotherapy. But the evidence is mounting that modalities and techniques have relatively little to do with effectiveness; evidence shows that it is the human elements of psychotherapy that are the most potent agents of healing