Psychosis, the Medical Model and Recovery. Philip Thomas Professor of Philosophy Diversity & Mental Health Institute for Philosophy Diversity & Mental Health Centre for Ethnicity & Health University of Central Lancashire Preston PR1 2HE Lancashire. Outline. What does ‘Recovery’ mean?
Professor of Philosophy Diversity & Mental Health
Institute for Philosophy Diversity & Mental Health
Centre for Ethnicity & Health
University of Central Lancashire
Critiques of the medical model should not be interpreted as an attack on those who find medical accounts of their distress helpful.
Whatever their chosen framework, individuals have the right to have their understandings of their distress respected, whether medical, social, political, or spiritual.
‘Dementia praecox consists of a series of clinical states which have as their common characteristic a peculiar destruction of the internal connections of the psychic personality with the most marked damage of the emotional life and volition.’
Emil Kraepelin, 1913
Richard Warner (1994)
For the survivor movement recovery involves speaking out, the act of reclaiming language, or, as Coleman (1999) has put it, having a voice.
The single most important barrier to recovery is the diagnosis of schizophrenia.
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