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The Exploration of 12 Psychiatric Patients' Recovery Process and Experience
Psychiatric Social Work
Compared to other physical diseases, the recovery experience of each psychiatric patient has their own nature and recovery journey. Everyone’s recovery journey can further differentiated by their family relationships and interactions, professional services they have got, and the patient’s self strengths. These dimensions are not only affecting the outcome of recovery journey but also play critical parts of going through recovery process for patients. Therefore, it’s a phenomenon worthies studying through in depth. By reviewing related literatures, this research has sorting out four key dimensions play important roles in the recovery process of psychiatric patients. They are getting sick, the treatment process, the road of returning community, and family supports. After reading through 12 mentally ill patients’ recovery experience carefully collected by individual interviews, the study firstly finds that the initial stage of the incidence of mental illness is significant indicators for moving toward recovery, but it is rarely discussed in the literatures and worth to explore further. Secondly, the researchers also finds that the effects of times of hospitalized showed not only in the courses of patient's recovery, but also showed in the results of rehabilitation. Finally, the researcher finds the early interventions; proper community resources; and patients’ self strength are key issues for the patients’ recovery, in which the growth of the inner self strength seems to be the most critical element during the patient moving towards recovery. After studying12 patients’ experiences, I have discussed key issues of backing toward recovery for psychiatric patients in four dimensions in the final chapter of this thesis. They are the way of leaving hospital, the way of returning community, patients’ internal strength and the meaning of being a psychiatric patient for the patient per se and the whole society. The researcher also has proposed recommendations regarding psychiatric social work practice and institutions, including issues related to the system of three-level-prevention, psychiatric social worker, medical units, rehabilitative services, the families and also for the following researches.
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