Mental Health User Narratives: New Perspectives on Illness and Recovery Bruce Cohen

ISBN: 9781281915245

Published: February 4th 2009

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211 pages


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Mental Health User Narratives: New Perspectives on Illness and Recovery  by  Bruce Cohen

Mental Health User Narratives: New Perspectives on Illness and Recovery by Bruce Cohen
February 4th 2009 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 211 pages | ISBN: 9781281915245 | 6.74 Mb

Drawing on extensive research in the UK, Mental Health User Narratives focuses on the listening to and understanding of the mental health user within the psychiatric system. It differs from other texts in the field by arguing for the avoidance ofMoreDrawing on extensive research in the UK, Mental Health User Narratives focuses on the listening to and understanding of the mental health user within the psychiatric system.

It differs from other texts in the field by arguing for the avoidance of immediate interpretation. Instead, the user narratives (or stories) are taken at face value, building a more rounded picture of the lives of users, and producing new perspectives on mental health and illness. Insights are gained into such areas as spiritualism, self-coping, self-recovery, alternative treatments, positive affects of illness and future life paths.

Further, comparison of institutional and home treatment psychiatric narratives illustrates the fluidity of illness-identity depending on the psychiatric intervention experienced. The research in this book will demonstrate a need to widen the therapeutic mind to include the mundane and everyday as an additional focus for treatment and recovery.

It is the first volume allowing mental health users to speak to the professional community which offers to treat them and as such will be an important resource for professionals, students and practitioners in the mental health field.



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