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First Person Accounts of Mental Illness and Recovery



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Instructors are always searching for relevant case studies that can supplement their course material and increase students' understanding of topics being covered. In First Person Accounts of Mental Illness, case studies of individuals experiencing schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders, and other mental ailments will be provided for students studying the classification and treatment of psychopathology. All of the cases are written from the perspective of the mentally ill individual, providing readers with a unique perspective of the experience of living with a mental disorder.

Author Biography

CRAIG WINSTON LeCROY, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. He also holds an appointment at the University of Arizona in the John & Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Family Studies and Human Development division. He is the author of over 100 scholarly publications including ten previous books on a wide range of topics, such as mental health, the social work profession, home visitation, and research methodology.

JANE HOLSCHUH, PhD, is Professor Emerita in the Department of Social Work at Humboldt State University and currently teaches in the MSW program at Arizona State University.

Table of Contents

Schizophrenia & Other Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia The Best Medicine
Recovery as Discovery
Understanding Health as a Continuum
Psychiatry and Oppression: A Personal Account of Compulsory Admission and Medical Treatment
Powerful Choices: Peer Support and Individualized Medication Self-Determination
Schizoaffective Disorder Snapshots: The First Symptoms of Psychosis
Why Having a Mental Illness is not like Having Diabetes (Anonymous..)
Mood Disorders
Depressive Disorders Depression: Disease, Loneliness, Social Isolation, Suicide, Negative Thoughts
My Confession: My Life Had Come to a Stop
Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman's Journey through Depression
I Wish I Had Gotten Help Sooner: My Struggle with Postpartum Depression
My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
Bipolar Disorder Living with the Dragon: The Long Road to Self-Mangement of Bipolar II
On Madness: A Personal Account of Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder (Anonymous..)
Random Scribblings on Bipolar Disorder
Being Bipolar: Living on Both Sides of the Coin
Anxiety Disorders
Panic Disorder You have anxiety?
Susan's Story
Phobias On the Outside Looking In
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Flux
Rituals, Routines, and Recovery: Living with OCD
"It'll be Okay": How I kept Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from Ruining my Life
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Emotional Triangle
Panic, Anxiety, PTSD, and My Experiences of Healing Through Multiple Avenues of Psychotherapy
The Demons of War are Persistent: A Personal Story of Prolonged PSTD
Personality Disorders
My Path to Recovery
A "Classic" Case of Borderline Personality Disorder
Loud in the House of Myself
Substance-Related Disorders
Goodbye Johnny Walker
A Nurse's Journey through Loss, Addiction, and Recovery
Eating Disorders
Dying by Inches
Big Little
Binging and Purging to Stay Alive (Anonymous)
Life with an Eating Disorder
Impulse Control Disorders
The Numbers of My Obsession
Memoirs of a Compulsive Firesetter
Dan's Story (Anonymous)
Delirium, Dementia, and Amnestic and Other Cognitive Disorders
Before it is Too Late
Poor Memory: A Case Report
Parkinson's: A Patient's View
Somatoform and Factitious Disorders
A Psychosomatic Study of Myself
Bigorexia: Bodybuilding & Muscle Dysmorphia (Anonymous)
Dissociative Disorders
Coping Strategies
Family Talk
Fractured Mind, One Heart?
Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
Sexual Pain Disorders Vaginismus: The Blessing of Botox
The Armed Robbery Orgasm: A Lovemap Autobiography of Masochism
Gender Identity Disorders A Rose in Bloom
Time for a Good Transgender Story
Sleep Disorders
An Insomniac's Slant on Sleep
My Story of Narcolepsy
Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence
Pervasive Developmental Disorders Communication Impairment
Alien: A Story of Asperger's Syndrome
The Experience of Infantile Autism
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
The Only Me That We Have Ever Known
Tic Disorders The Unwelcome Companion
Searching for Answers
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