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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This important book discusses the complicated but ever-present expectation of recovery in mental illness. The book delves into a number of new insights in mental health and addresses what is a poorly covered topic in the literature.
Purpose: The purpose is to document the process by which consumers identify and come to fully understand recovery as a reality. Secondly, the book reaches out to professionals who seek better knowledge on recovery and want strong empirical evidence, which the book delivers. The prevailing goal is to introduce to readers the spirit of recovery as a process. The editors are well known by reputation and are prolific writers as well as dedicated academicians.
Audience: The audience is quite diverse and includes, but is not limited to, clinical psychologists, rehabilitation psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and all others interested in recovery issues. It is ideal for providing the necessary knowledge base for those in graduate school classes as well as those in training. Another strong selling point of this book is that it can be beneficial to family and friends of those suffering from mental illness. The credibility is without question.
Features: This comprehensive book captures the essence of recovery in an unbiased and strongly empirical fashion. The long-term follow-up studies on schizophrenia are of particular interest as this is a disorder where most clinicians have been trained to believe and feel there is little hope. The authors help to dispel that rather negative, hopeless view quite successfully. The other chapter which discusses recovery from schizophrenia is no exception and examines the substance abuse problems, needed social and familial support, and the prevalence of negative symptoms. The true highlight is the permeating stance of hope for professionals and those with mental illness. Much like the other books in which Corrigan has collaborated, this is a timely and essential addition to the mental health field.
Assessment: Kudos to the editors and contributors of this book, as they have provided a substantial contribution that focuses on hope rather than despair and negativity for prognosis. This book would make an excellent companion to Corrigan's On the Stigma of Mental Illness: Practical Strategies for Research and Social Change (American Psychological Association, 2005). One of the finest books available this year. Clinicians: make room on your bookshelf now.