Living Recovery provides critical information for practitioners and educators in mental health services about the self-described needs of young people diagnosed with mental illness. It portrays the stages of living with mental illness through the recovery model ELARaEURO"emergence, loss, adaptation, and recovery. The author interviewed youth aged sixteen to twenty-seven in Canada, Australia, and the US, and her book relates the price of the stigma surrounding mental illness, especially for young people who are already challenged with the developmental tasks of adolescence. The text examines the youth-described aEUROoesocial illnessaEURO of stigma and the resulting self-marginalization they say is necessary to survive stigma and social isolation. When youth feel isolated, ignored, or shunned, the resulting shame and stress they may feel has the potential to exacerbate such illnesses as obsessive compulsive disorder, psychosis, anxiety, and/or various mood disorders.The findings from this research anticipate and identify interventions that are useful for youth with mental illness. If programs and systems of care take into account youth stories such as those presented here, interventions will become more meaningful and more likely to address problems related to social and emotional distresses.In charting journeys through the emergence of illness, to loss, adaptation, and recovery, the book reports on how mental illness disrupted these youthsaEURO (TM) lives on every level, especially in the transition from late adolescence to young adulthood. But youth also describe ways in which they adapted and recovered and how they came to aEUROoeown the illnessaEURO with a greater sense of agency and self-direction.
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Dr. JoAnn Leavey is a registered psychologist and registered nurse, writer, poet, musician, pilot, and life enthusiast who has lived and worked in Vancouver, London, and Toronto. She has spoken in over eleven countries, motivating and teaching people how to help youth and others living with mental health problems. She publishes regularly in Academy Forum, a journal of The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. In 2015 Dr. Leavey received the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award for her local and international medical, public and mental health, and environmental volunteer work.
Table of Contents for Living Recovery: Youth Speak Out on aEUROoeOwningaEURO Mental Illness by JoAnn Elizabeth Leavey Acknowledgements Chapter One: Framing the Context for Youth with Mental Illness Introduction Terms Used in This Book Who Is This Book For? Redefining Our Understanding of Mental "Illness" The Journey of Youth Through the Mental Health System Framing the Context for Youth Living with Mental Illness The Effects of a Mental Illness Diagnosis on Youth Youth, Metaphor, and Mental Illness Youth and the Social Construction of Mental Illness The Significance and Direction of This Work Summary Chapter Two: How Do Youth Experience Mental Illness? Prevalence of Mental Illness Growing Up: Forming Identity and Developmental Tasks for Young People Some Common Problems Experienced by Youth with Mental Illness Summary Chapter Three: Youth Participants: Who Are They? Research Objectives Why Use Qualitative Research? The Interviews Demographic Profile of Participants My Impressions of Participants Summary Chapter Four: Youth Speak: Mental Health Experiences and Needs Data Analysis: Emergency, Loss, Adaptation, and Recovery (ELAR) What Do Youth Have to Say? 1. Emergence 2. Loss 3. Adaptation 4. Recovery Summary Chapter Five: Understanding: Integrating the Results Integrating the Results and the Stages of Emergence, Loss, Adaptation, and Recovery General Context Developing Theory about Youth and Mental Illness: A Framework for Understanding Considerations for Practice The Stages of Emergence, Loss, Adaptation, and Recovery Integration and Implications of Key Findings Summary Chapter Six: Where Are We and Where Do We Go from Here? Gap in Service Delivery Significance of Early Intervention Implications and Suggestions for Testing the Theoretical Framework Adaptation: A Conceptual Approach Recovery and Wellness Implications and Suggestions for Future Program and Policy Design Limits and Benefits of This Research Suggestions for Future Research Conclusion Appendix References Index
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