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date: 16 June 2019

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The process of recovery from severe mental suffering can be seen as a journey through life for which there is no roadmap. The traveler has to find her way without it, sometimes even all alone, sometimes surrounded by fellow-travelers. Starting in the dark, overwhelmed by, e.g. fear or depression or negative voices, every step can be risky, but not moving means staying in the dark. Western society developed the psychiatric system as an answer to psychiatric problems, but does this system support recovery processes? This chapter addresses some ethical issues that come up from a patient perspective on the concept of recovery.

Keywords: recovery, severe mental illness, schizophrenia, child abuse, PTSS, closed wards, involuntary admission, human dignity, iatrogenesis

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