Category Archives: The Guide

The Guide 31: Support is meaningless

Stop saying ‘support’ because it lulls us into a false sense of competence Continue reading

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The Guide 30: Don’t expect your service user to perform perfectly.

The fact that you mess up from time to time doesn’t make you a failure. It merely makes you human. Continue reading

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The Guide 29: Lapse is different from relapse

We don’t needto convince people that they’ve failed when all they’ve really done is stumble a little along their path to success. Continue reading

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The Guide 28: Do as I do

If we expect our service-users to make positive changes we need to demonstrate them in ourselves. Continue reading

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The Guide 22: The meaning of recovery in mental health

there are 3 types of recovery. If a person can achieve any 2 of the 3 they have recovered Continue reading

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The Guide 21: The Self-fulfilling prophecy

Nobody works very hard if they don’t believe in the goal. Continue reading

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The Guide 20: The invalidating environment

The very basis of emotional development is destabilised by the environment itself – or rather by the people who share that environment with the developing child. Continue reading

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The Guide 16: Personality disorders

It is my earnest hope that the legacy we leave for future generations of mental health service providers will be a focus upon understanding the personality without the value judgements of our Edwardian predecessors. Continue reading

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The Guide 15: Thought disorders

Unlike delusions which are all about ‘what’ we think, thought disorders are about ‘how’ we think. It is thought process, not thought content. Continue reading

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The Guide 14: Delusions part 2

There is real value in medicine and antipsychotics are certainly useful but the real work of recovery takes more than that. Continue reading

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