Episode 6: Illness, Management & Recovery Explained

September 17, 2015
  • Ongoing Schedule
    • 2 episodes per week for 15 weeks (Traditional College Semester)
    • 1st one (Mon) will be goal focused
    • 2nd one (Thurs) mental health focused
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Today – How I manage my illness.
Next Thurs – How I Recovered from my illness
Key Info for this Podcast: 
What are you doing to keep your mind healthy, to manage your illness if you have one? If that’s your Big Goal, what’s in your “toolbox”?
IMR is an evidence-based model of support for people with MH issues. It’s basically a regularly scheduled self-help type of group, but run with an established curriculum.  In the beginning, each person sets a goal, and then they go through the talking points of each module, which is lead by a trained facilitator, but really that person is trying to get the group to do as much of the “work” as possible, taking initiative to support one another, make networking connections, and use accountability to help people follow through on goals.  The results can be spectacular.
Elements of IMR
Psychoeducation (Basic info about mental illness)
Motivation-Based (The Power of the Group)
Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies
Homework is a key element (does any of this sound familiar?)
How to do it:
IMR groups typically are formed in Psych Rehab agencies. I’ve run several rounds of IMR, and have enjoyed every incarnation I’ve been a part of.
We’re going to do it together, virtually, here, sort of.  We’re not going to follow the IMR curriculum, but we’ll explore the basics of each of the critical elements together, support one another, hold each other accountable, help each other when we fall off the goal attainment wagon, and in general be better people as a result of having participated. That’s why the reddit sub is so important to me. I do believe it is a critical ingredient for this podcast, the ability for the listeners to connect, and realize that there are so many people out there just like yourselves, and all we need is a little kick in the ass sometimes to keep moving.
Examples of Illness management strategies:
Having a support network
Practicing Relapse Prevention
WRAP Plan – Crisis Management
Knowing/practicing the things that keep you well (meditation, journaling)
Identify/Modify Negative Thinking
The Evidence:
McGuire, A. B., Kukla, M., Green, A., Gilbride, D., Mueser, K. T., & Salyers, M. P. (2014). Illness Management and Recovery: A Review of the Literature. Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.)65(2), 171–179.
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