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(p. 24) Women with Serious Mental Illness, Resilience, and the Recovery Movement 

(p. 24) Women with Serious Mental Illness, Resilience, and the Recovery Movement
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(p. 24) Women with Serious Mental Illness, Resilience, and the Recovery Movement
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Lauren Mizock

and Erika Carr

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190922351.003.0003
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date: 17 April 2021

This chapter reviews the recovery movement and the importance of its role in the mental health care of women who experience serious mental illness. This chapter explores the foundations of recovery and how this perspective seeks to decrease the impact of stigma and increase self-determination, while still recognizing the role that stigma and marginalization have played in women’s experience of serious mental illness. Literature is presented regarding the basic components of recovery in serious mental illness. Ways that recovery programs for people with serious mental illness can become more sensitive to woman’s issues are discussed. The biological and developmental concerns uniquely faced by women with serious mental health issues are addressed, as well as the value of a multidisciplinary, recovery-oriented treatment team. Case narratives, a clinical strategies list, discussion questions, activities, and a clinical worksheet (“My Recovery Journey”) are included.

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