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Is There a Getting Better from This, or Not?

Title: Is There a Getting Better from This, or Not?: Examining the Meaning and Possibility of Recovery from Mental Disorder.
Name(s): Hess, Jacob (Jacob Z.), author
Lacasse, Jeffrey R., author
Harmon, Jordan, author
Willliams, Daniel, author
Vierling-Claassen, Nathan, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The concept of "recovery" from mental disorder is widely used in the national conversation about youth and adult mental health treatment as if everyone is on the same page about what it means. Fundamental disagreements among researchers and practitioners exist, however, on a variety of issues related to the precise nature and meaning of recovery from mental, emotional and behavioral disorder generally. Among these issues are: 1. The meaning of recovery; 2. The possibility of full recovery; 3. Effective support for recovery. After reviewing diverging responses for each issue, we then trace practical implications of competing interpretations for treatment and recovery itself. As demonstrated throughout, the stance taken on these questions can have profound and life-long consequences for youth and children in treatment.
Identifier: FSU_migr_csw_faculty_publications-0071 (IID), 10.1080/0145935X.2014.924344 (DOI)
Keywords: Mental illness, neuroplasticity, recovery, psychiatric treatment, evidence-based practice, psychiatric medication, patient narratives, hope
Note: This is the peer-reviewed author's manuscript as accepted by Child and Youth Services. The final published version of record is available at
Citation: Hess, J.Z., Lacasse, J.R., Harmon, J., Williams, D., & Vierling-Claasen, N. (2014). "Is there a getting better from this, or not?" Examining the meaning and possibility of recovery from mental disorder. Child and Youth Services, 35(2), 116-136. doi:10.1080/0145935X.2014.924344
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: College of Social Work Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Child and Youth Services.
Issue: 2, 35

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Hess, J. (J. Z. ), Lacasse, J. R., Harmon, J., Willliams, D., & Vierling-Claassen, N. (2014). Is There a Getting Better from This, or Not?: Examining the Meaning and Possibility of Recovery from Mental Disorder. Child And Youth Services. Retrieved from