The Reality of Recovery in Personality Disorder
Release Date:21 Sep 2015

The Reality of Recovery in Personality Disorder

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Exploring the process of recovery from personality disorder, and how this can be achieved, this research-based but highly readable book describes successful community-based ways to support people after diagnosis and the wider implications for mental ill health.

Taking a close look at what it means to be diagnosed with personality disorder, the author considers how people with mental health issues are treated by society at large and within mental health services. She highlights problems and gaps in services, and how stigma surrounding mental health disorders can negatively affect the treatment an individual receives. Many first-hand accounts by people diagnosed with personality disorder offer a real perspective into what it is like to live with mental health issues, challenging stereotypes and providing much-needed insight into their needs. Research from The Haven, an innovative community-based project supporting people through recovery from personality disorder, offers ground-breaking ways to care for and meet the needs of people with major mental health issues in a positive and creative way.

Essential reading for mental health professionals, people diagnosed with personality disorder, and their families.

Dr Heather Castillo worked for many years in Mind organisations in Essex, developing advocacy for people with mental health problems. She has worked with service users, training and supporting them to become legitimate researchers in the field of mental health. In 2004 she helped to set up, and became the Chief Executive of The Haven Project, which began as a Department of Health National Innovation Site for the support and treatment of personality disorder. In 2011 she completed a doctorate at Anglia Ruskin University, UK, about the process of recovery in personality disorder. She lives in Essex, UK.
Dedication. Acknowledgements. 1. The Journey Begins. 2. Prevailing Knowledge Relevant to the Journey. 2.1. Mental Health Law. 2.2. The Prevalence and Impact of Personality Disorder. 2.3. What is Personality Disorder. 2.4. The Medical Model and the Concept of Cure. 2.5. Psychological Perspectives and Treatments. 2.6. What is Recovery? 3. The Journey Continues. 3.1. Linking with the National Agenda. 3.2. First Days at The Haven. 3.3. Service Context for our new Study. 3.4. Rationale for the new Study. 4. The Research Journey. 4.1. The Research Group Begins. 4.2. Research Questions. 4.3. Philosophical Approach. 4.4. The Participative Dimension. 4.5. Methods used in the research. 4.6. Collecting the Data. 4.7. Who was involved? 4.8. Ethical Issues. 4.9. Data Analysis. 5. Discoveries on the Journey of Recovery. 5.1. Background Information and Demographics. 5.2. Use of Services and Cost-savings. 5.3. Findings from the Questions to Research Participants. 5.4. Mapping the Process of Recovery. 6. Analysis of the Journey of Recovery. 6.1. Attachment and trust. 6.2. Creating a Culture of Warmth. 6.3. What it means to belong. 6.4. Love is not enough. 6.5. Recreating health attachment and opening the door to therapeutic work. 6.6. Hope and its relationship to recovery. 6.7. Identity and Roles. 6.8. Recovery and maintaining healthy attachment. 7. A Journey of Organizational Change. 7.1. The Nature of The Haven. 7.2. Learning Organizations. 7.3. The Structure of the Haven. 7.4. Cycles of Change. 7.5. Implementing Change. 7.6. A Need for Change Which Clients Found Hard to Articulate. 7.7. Rewarding Positive Progress. 7.8. Outdoor Wellbeing. 7.8. Shared Power and Participatory Action. 8. Four Journeys. 8.1. Getting out: by EJ. 8.2. Include me in: By 'Joseph Brown'. 8.3. Getting grounded: By 'Helen price'. 8.4. Moving on: By 'Rachael Seagrove'. 8.5. My perspective as a service user researcher: by Dee Graham. 9. Does the Journey Ever End? 9.1. Risk and Trust. 9.2. To work or not to work. 9.3. What happened next at The Haven? 9.4. A political backdrop to developments. 9.5. The wheel has come full circle. Appendix I. Research Timeline. Appendix II. Research Group Diary 2004-2009. Appendix III. SEG (Service Evaluation Group) Questions. Appendix IV. Client Focus Group Questions. Appendix V. Client Interview Questionnaire. Appendix VI. Carer Focus Group Questions. Appendix VII. Findings from Client Questions. Appendix VIII Findings from Family and Carer questions. Appendix IX. Service Savings Analysis 2006 and 2013. References.
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