Psychiatry and Recovery: Complementary or Competitive?

In my last blog post, Fuller Torrey described the dramatic deterioration of our mental-health (non)system and the resulting torment for the 600,000 severely ill who are either homeless or in prison (or rotating between the two).

There will be general agreement with Dr. Torrey that all of us should feel deeply ashamed of this and inspired to do something to reverse it. We can also probably agree that the single most important thing we can do for the severely ill is provide them with decent housing.

Consensus beyond this is more difficult to come by. Dr. Torrey emphasizes the need for easy access to adequate treatment, the value of medication, and the very occasional resort to court-ordered treatment for those in imminent danger of otherwise winding up imprisoned or homeless.

The recovery movement comes at this from another perspective, which Gina Firman Nikkel, Ph.D., the CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, describes below. I have asked her to indicate where there are differences but also where she sees possibilities for joint advocacy and for complementary rather than competitive service delivery. She writes:

The recovery model is a large and inclusive tent with broad areas of common —> Read More Here


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