5 thoughts on “Why The Term ‘Recovery’ Doesn’t Work For Me

  • October 2, 2018 at 11:57 am

    You are very sensible and brave. X

  • October 3, 2018 at 3:25 am

    Just out of curiosity, do you know the history of the term “recovery?”

    As it is described in qualitative research/ accounts of people with lived experience, it means exactly what you are describing here. That of course doesn’t mean you or anyone else have to identify with it. In fact, many have or have not. But it is fair to consider the difference between what a term means within the discourse from which it emerged and your own conception of it

    • October 3, 2018 at 5:22 am

      Hi there. I have done a lot of reading on the topic, yes and it’s completely valid for people to identify with it, which is why I stated that it works for lots of people in my post. For me, I resonate more with the dictionary definition and it just doesn’t work for me. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment, I really appreciate that. Wishing you a lovely day. xx

  • October 14, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Thank you for this very timely article . Very informative . I don’t understand why society thinks that those of us who have bipolar , can “recover ” . Recover to me means you were sick , and now you aren’t . Like having a virus , or a cold, or an operation …. Mental illness never goes away . We just learn how to cope .

    • October 14, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, it means a lot to me. I agree with you: for me, recovery means you get completely better and I’m not able to do that, but that’s fine too. I’m glad it resonated with you. xx


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