Life beyond psychiatry

Wilma Boevink

in Recovery of People with Mental Illness

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691319
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754791 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

 Life beyond psychiatry

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This chapter illustrates the concept of recovery, drawing on the author's experiences of a long period as a psychiatric inpatient and as a user of outpatient care. Dealing with the consequences of childhood trauma and psychotic vulnerability, she found that recovery can be seen as a subjective, natural process, which can (also) take place independently of the help offered. The concept of recovery provides the users of psychiatric services with something to hold on to in the process of 'un-psychiatrizing' themselves, and allows them to see what is happening to them as something that is also part of ordinary life. Recovery is something that people experiencing severe human distress have to do themselves; it is inextricably linked to the empowerment of users of psychiatric care. The most that professionals in psychiatry can do in this process is to follow and support it.

Chapter.  8146 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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