Living Outside Mental Illness : Qualitative Studies of Recovery in Schizophrenia

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  • Copyright: 2003-08-01
  • Publisher: New York University Press

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View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction.Davidson's book leaves one with an image of the inside of schizophrenia as essentially mysterious but the possibilities of recovery as hopeful if uncertain.--Journal of Mental HealthI encourage you, whether you are a policy maker, practitioner, or researcher, to read Living Outside Mental illnessThe book provides a window into the experiences of a person with schizophrenia...a rich narrative.--The Journal of Nervous and Mental DiseaseI see this book as an important accomplishment. t contains numerous helpful suggestions about how to go about eliciting narratives as a means of encouraging patients along their recovery journey.--Psychiatric ServicesDavidson takes an interesting approach to the disorder and makes a compelling case for the use of person centered narratives to find out what is going on with recovery in persons with schizophrenia. Recommended.--ChoiceDavidson demonstrates the importance of listening ot what people diagnosed with schizophrenia have to say about their struggle, and shows the effect this approach can have on clinical practice and social policy.--Yale WeeklyLiving Outside Mental Illness is more than a recapitulation of previously published research.--Metapsychology Online Book ReviewsSchizophrenia is widely considered the most severe and disabling of the mental illnesses. Yet recent research has demonstrated that many people afflicted with the disorder are able to recover to a significant degree. Living Outside Mental Illness demonstrates the importance of listening to what people diagnosed with schizophrenia themselves have to say about their struggle, and shows the dramatic effect this approach can have on clinical practice and social policy. It presents an in-depth investigation, based on a phenomenological perspective, of experiences of illness and recovery as illuminated by compelling first-person descriptions.This volume forcefully makes the case for the utility of qualitative methods in improving our understanding of the reasons for the success or failure of mental health services. The research has important clinical and policy implications, and will be of key interest to those in psychology and the helping professions as well as to people in recovery and their families.

Author Biography

Larry Davidson is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program on Poverty, Disability, and Urban Health of the Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He also serves as Senior Clinical Officer and Mental Health Policy Director for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Table of Contents

Foreword by John S. Strauss ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(30)
1. Is There an Outside to Mental Illness? 31(30)
(With Maria O'Connell, David Sells, and Martha Staeheli)
2. Eliciting Narratives 61(32)
3. Understanding Narratives 93(33)
4. Living Inside Schizophrenia 126(33)
5. Living Outside Schizophrenia 159(40)
Conclusion 199(11)
Epilogue 210(3)
Works Cited 213(12)
Index 225(3)
About the Author 228

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