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Our Most Troubling MadnessCase Studies in Schizophrenia Across Cultures$
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T.M. Luhrmann and Jocelyn Marrow

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291089

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291089.001.0001

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A Fragile Recovery in the United States

A Fragile Recovery in the United States

(p.180) Case 12 A Fragile Recovery in the United States
Our Most Troubling Madness

Neely A. L. Myers

University of California Press

After her father’s suicide, Meg’s distress intensifies until she can no longer do her work and she is fired from her job. She loses her apartment and ends up on the “institutional circuit” of shelters, half-way houses, and public services for the indigent mentally ill in a large city. Meg experiences the arbitrary-appearing rules and grinding despair of this life until she began receiving disability benefits for schizoaffective disorder. While Meg did not work for pay, she is able to create a meaningful life with friends and family, and her interests in art and music. As such, she has achieved the outcome envisioned by the Recovery Movement. Yet the chapter also illustrates the social factors which make this recovery difficult.

Keywords:   United States, North America, Schizoaffective disorder, Institutional circuit, Recovery movement

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