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Recovery and Mental Health: A Critical Sociological Account

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Published : Friday 18 October 2013
ISBN : 9780230291386
Price : €34.49


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Description

This challenging and sophisticated book offers a comprehensive overview of the concept of recovery from mental illness, while at the same time providing a critical analysis of it and consideration of its application in the mental health services. Provocative yet accessible, this is an important book for students and practitioners alike.

For most of us, the term 'recovery' in mental health implies hope and normality for those suffering from emotional distress. It is understandable why recovery has therefore become a significant goal for mental health services. But what does recovery mean for those who are struggling to see it through? Is the emphasis on recovery always a positive thing. This book takes a critical sociological look at personal and public assumptions and understandings. In particular: * It explores what the recovery movement signifies today, offering readers a critical, reflexive view of its scientific, policy and political consequences. * It considers what recovery means from social, medical and patient perspectives, and the implications of these conflicting views. * It reveals some of the risks and benefits for people with mental health problems encountering a system that expects them to recover. Offering a comprehensive and thought-provoking overview of the concept of recovery from mental illness, this book is a must-have for students studying mental health across a range of subjects, including Sociology, Social Work, Psychology and Nursing.



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