Friday, May 28, 2010

Tinkerbell, Edwina, and Long-Term Outcomes, Part I


An article posted on May 27th by Psychology Today:
Is recovery really possible?

By Larry Davidson, Ph.D.

If so many people recover from serious mental illnesses, why is it that we don't see them? This is one of the most common questions raised by mental health professionals when confronted with the long-term outcome literature, at least in my experience. That literature suggests that between 45-65% of people diagnosed with schizophrenia - the most severe of the severe mental illnesses - will recover from the disorder over time. This literature has now been around, and consistently replicated, since the 1970's, but still has not made its way into the training of most mental health professionals. So, many mental health professionals, when exposed to this body of research, ask the question above. If so many people get better, then why don't I ever see them? A reasonable enough question, to be sure, and one for which we fortunately have several answers.

To read the entire article, please click here.

Also see:

Tinkerbell, Edwina, and Long-Term Outcomes, Part II


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