Thank goodness it is over and submitted (on 6th July 2020). The last bit was a bit tedious and unnecessarily prolonged by the university. Anyhow one needs a breather and I hope to get mine. Yesterday I also sent the hard copy to the university. I took less than four years to wind up the … Continue reading PhD- submission and onward
It is difficult for me to explain to people what is the meaning of recovery oriented counseling. Why? Because 'recovery' is a controversial issue, yet something which ought to be known by a wider number of people who are given mental 'illness' diagnosis. The major controversy about recovery lies in the fact that the idea … Continue reading What I mean by ‘Recovery Oriented Counseling’
I just received an email from an anxious person, who is worried about my 'peer' status. Fact of the matter is that I am NOT a peer at all, but someone with a past of bipolar disorder. I could easily delete the 'peer' word from my identity, but I let it remain to make people … Continue reading Some anxious queries about PEER RECOVERY
I just wrote this article and put it out on Linkedin- thought it good to share here, since I am unable to write much on the blog nowadays due to so much writing in other fora- journals, dissertation, etc. Here it is- Yes, you heard correctly. The idea of recovery in mental illness is real … Continue reading Understanding ‘Recovery’ in Mental Illness- The truth and the myths
At the time I began my Ph.d research, I thought 'recovery' was a simple construction, in which a person recovers from an illness or something that debilitates. Now, at the start of the third year of my Ph.D. research, I am working on the dissertation and defining the meaning of the word 'recovery'. … Continue reading What is ‘recovery’?
In a majority of cases people approach me, in my counseling practice, for their loved ones- who have a mental illness diagnosis. Their hope is two-fold: to understand recovery and to meet someone who is recovered and then present the same to their diagnosed loved one. Secondly they hope to help their loved one. I … Continue reading Recovery- a personal quest
By and large people do not accept that 'recovery' is possible. This post, from 2015, further elaborates on this idea. Please click the link to access it.
Should bipolar people look to get off medication? How would you do so and what treatment do you advise? Yes, I would recommend that. But I would not suggest that you take a decision about this in a hurry, because even with medication many people remain quite symptom free and stable. However, medicines have side … Continue reading Getting off medication for Bipolar
Finding willing research informants is a concern for every doctoral researcher, thank god for it! What a contradictory sentence this may seem. But had I not known the component I have highlighted, I would have thought it is only me (and moped about 'poor me'!). In a sense, it is great to have a mentor … Continue reading Capricious or tight lipped?
I was recently reading an article by Neely Myers titled, A Fragile Recovery in the United States, in the book, Our Most Troubling Madness. The book chapter is a storied account of how the researcher (who is an anthropologist working on her doctoral thesis) engages with the central character of the chapter, a woman she refers … Continue reading Valuing research informants