Living outside Mental Illness: Qualitative Studies of Recovery in Schizophrenia

Living outside Mental Illness: Qualitative Studies of Recovery in Schizophrenia

Living outside Mental Illness: Qualitative Studies of Recovery in Schizophrenia

Living outside Mental Illness: Qualitative Studies of Recovery in Schizophrenia

Synopsis

"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 Health"I encourage you, whether you are a policy maker, practitioner, or researcher, to read Living Outside Mental illness

"The book provides a window into the experiences of a person with schizophrenia...a rich narrative." - The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

"I 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 Services "Davidson 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." - Choice

"Davidson 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 Weekly

"Living Outside Mental Illnessis more than a recapitulation of previously published research." - Metapsychology Online Book Reviews

Schizophrenia 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 Illnessdemonstrates 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.

Excerpt

From a moral-practical standpoint, I am treating a human being as a
mere thing if I do not take him [sic] as a person…. Likewise, I am not
treating a human being as a subject of rights if I do not take him [sic] as
a member of a community founded on law, to which we both belong.

—Edmund Husserl, Ideas II

IF YOU HAVE PICKED UP THIS BOOK long enough to glance at this page—and not because it has been assigned to you as required reading by one of our friends—then it is most likely because you have an interest either in qualitative research or in schizophrenia. There may be a few of you who approach this book with interests in both topics; if so, welcome to an inviting, cozy, circle of your peers. It has been our experience that the area of overlap between these two interests, that is, qualitative psychological research and serious mental illness, is relatively small and only sparsely inhabited by a few rare, but resilient, birds. Why this is the case may become clear as we proceed; that this is the case, however, we have no doubt. And thus one of the motivations for writing this book: we are seeking companionship. Consider this book a mating call.

There are a number of compelling reasons to approach the study of schizophrenia with qualitative methods. We intend to enumerate these . . .

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