Chapter

From being subjected to being a subject: recovery in relation to schizophrenia

Paul Lysaker and John Lysaker

in Recovery of People with Mental Illness

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691319
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754791 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199691319.003.0011

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

From being subjected to being a subject: recovery in relation to schizophrenia

Show Summary Details

Preview

Increasingly, recovery from severe mental illness is understood as not merely a matter of the remission of symptoms, but also the recovery of those capacities that enable one to be a meaningful agent in one's life, even if that life remains challenged by mental illness. This chapter explores one dimension of that kind of recovery, namely a rejuvenated sense of self. It explores from a dialogical perspective the processes implicated in both the diminishment and then the recapture of rich self experience among individuals with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, and closes by exploring the connections of sense of self with meaningful agency. Implications for treatment are discussed.

Chapter.  6059 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.