Recovery in Mental Illness: Broadening Our Understanding of Wellness / Edition 1

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In Social Cognition and Schizophrenia, editors Patrick W. Corrigan and David L. Penn present a theoretically important and clinically relevant frame for better understanding this thought disorder, which commonly wreaks havoc on all areas of functioning. This volume brings together the cutting-edge work of distinguished psychologists from Britain, Australia, and the United States who have developed and tested social cognitive models of schizophrenia. Here, they demonstrate how this paradigm holds promise for bridging the gap between lab-based tasks and real-world behavior and for shedding light on the development, course, and outcome of schizophrenia.

At the root of many controversies currently afflicting therapy is the important question of what works. Is its efficacy based on the singular curative powers of specialized techniques, or do other variables account for patient change occurring in therapy? This book proposes the answer, which is not to be found in the different languages, theories, or procedural differences of the field's warring camps. Instead, the answer lies in the pantheoretical, or in the common factors-the ingredients of effective therapy shared by all orientations. More than 40 years of outcome research is pointing the way to what really matters in the therapist's day-to-day work.

Schizophrenia in Late Life presents a uniquely comprehensive picture of the current research about older adults with schizophrenia. The central issue is that of age-related changes in the clinical features of schizophrenia, which include delusions, hallucinations, emotional changes, cognitive impairments, and adaptive life skills. The book also examines whether the course of schizophrenia changes over time. Do some patients improve in their symptoms and functioning as they age, manifesting fewer signs of the illness and experiencing reductions in the level of care that they require? Does full recovery ever take place? Harvey evaluates whether specific interventions hold the same promise for older patients that they do for younger patients and examines why some of these interventions have not been used. The book concludes with health policy recommendations and a call for treatment guidelines specifically targeted to older adults.

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Reviewer: 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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591471639
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction : recovery as consumer vision and research paradigm 3
Ch. 2 Research methods for exploring and assessing recovery 19
Ch. 3 Beyond dementia praecox : findings from long-term follow-up studies of schizophrenia 63
Ch. 4 Sociological models of recovery 85
Ch. 5 Recovery from schizophrenia : a criterion-based definition 101
Ch. 6 Verbal definitions and visual models of recovery : focus on the recovery model 131
Ch. 7 Qualitative studies of recovery : what can we learn from the person? 147
Ch. 8 Mutual-help groups and recovery : the influence of settings on participants' experience of recovery 173
Ch. 9 Daring to pick up the pieces in the puzzle : a consumer-survivor model of healing from childhood sexual abuse 207
Ch. 10 Recovery from addiction and from mental illness : shared and contrasting lessons 233
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