Mental illness can be a pretty grim topic. Millions of people psychologically suffering, their families suffering, with no good explanations of the causes or means of prevention or even treatments that work, in some cases. Prejudice, embarrassment, and fear abound. So how could there possibly be hope?
Well, take schizophrenia. Traditionally, 10-20% of patients were expected to recover at all. Now, it’s been shown that up to 68% of people with schizophrenia are likely to eventually be able to function fully with the right treatment strategies. When the method is “self-sufficiency, rehabilitation and community integration,” there’s a far greater chance of success. Of course, this isn’t believed by all or even most psychiatric professionals, but such models of hope are growing gradually in popularity.
A new “Recovery Model” is gaining momentum in the field as a whole – less is mental illness seen as something to permanently medicate and hide. More is it viewed as something to recover from, slowly and perhaps with setbacks, but ultimately with forward progression, optimism, and persistence. More, now, do people see that while mental illness has lasting effects, individuals can still have meaningful, worthwhile lives.
So, do you think this new recovery model is plausible and feasible, or is it excessively optimistic and naive?