This comprehensive core textbook analyzes how resilient people navigate the troubled waters of life’s traumas and identifies how learning about resilience may help cultivate this quality in other, less resilient, people. Author Morley D. Glicken explains the inner self-healing processes of resilient people and helps individuals training in the helping professions to learn to use these processes in working with their clients.
Chapter 6: How Resilient People Cope with Mental Illness
How Resilient People Cope with Mental Illness
The Extent and Impact of Mental Illness
In this chapter I will present evidence that people who have episodes of mental illness are much more resilient than we often think, and that notions of mental illness as a lifelong, unchanging condition that never improves and that leaves people functioning in confused and nonproductive ways are incorrect. Many people who experience mental illness overcome the problem and go on to lead productive and successful lives.
This is not to downplay the prevalence of mental illness or the seriousness of the symptoms. Druss, Marcus, Rosenheck, Olfson, Tanielan, and Pincus (2000) report that about 3 million Americans have an emotional condition that affects their ability to work ...