The Philosophy Of Recovery

Yanos et al. (2001) write that the focus of recovery in BD should be on good community adjustment rather than just the alleviation of psychiatric symptoms. Copeland (1994) also challenged the definition of recovery as a mere reduction in symptoms, and strongly argued, from her own and other peoples' experiences of BD, that fuller recovery from a severe and enduring health problem is possible.

Since the publication of Anthony's (1993) synthesis of the writings of people with experience of recovery, this perspective (or "the recovery model", as it has come to be known) has become more widely recognised, and adopted, within service-user and professional circles. Evidence for this recognition comes from the growing number of recovery-orientated programmes established, and from individuals writing about their recovery.

A recent review of the literature identified involvement in self-managed care and other types of consumer-delivered mental health services as one of the main factors in recovery (Yanos et al., 2001). Beliefs about the disorder and the ability to manage it are also important in recovery, and these will now be considered.

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