Episode 8: The Recovery Episode

September 24, 2015
  • New podcasting location
  • I need some music for my intro/outro
  • Ongoing Schedule
    • 2 episodes per week for the next 15 weeks (Traditional College Semester)
    • 1st one (Mon) will be goal focused
    • 2nd one (Thurs) mental health focused
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First, a recap, then, my recovery story
Key Info for this Podcast: 
William Anthony (1993) identifies recovery as ” a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills and/or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with limitations caused by the illness. Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness.”
Anthony, W. A. (1993). Recovery from mental illness: The guiding vision of the mental health service system in the 1990s. Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 16(4), 11-23.
“The concept of recovery differs from that of rehabilitation in as much as it emphasizes that people are responsible for their own lives and that we can take a stand toward our disability and what is distressing to us. We need not be passive victims. We need not be ‘afflicted.’ We can become responsible agents in our own recovery process. Recovery often involves a transformation of the self wherein one both accepts ones limitation and discovers a new world of possibility.”
Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D. from her presentation: “There’s a Person In Here”: The Sixth Annual Mental Health Services Conference of Australia and New Zealand. Brisbane, Australia, September 16, 1996.
How to do it:
  • Recovery can happen even if symptoms continue.
  • Recovery may not mean “cured” but will change the frequency and duration of symptoms.
  • Recovery requires people who believe in and stand by the person in recovery.
  • Recovery is wellness-focused, not illness-focused.
  • Recovery revolves around consumer choice.
  • Recovery from the consequences of a mental health disorder can be more challenging than recovery from the symptoms.
  • Recovery is not a product of sheer willpower but rather the result of a consumer’s carefully chosen and wielded tools of recovery.
  • Recovery can occur without professional intervention.
The Research to Practice Gap
Examples of each:
Demi Lovato
Don’t forget the home exercise for this week: Get your data capture and time tracking systems in order. Next week we’ll focus on the establishing those habits a little more firmly.
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