ERIC Number: ED290101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
The 14 Worst Myths about Recovered Mental Patients.
National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Fourteen myths about recovered mental patients are discussed in this pamphlet. The myths are introduced in a true/false checklist. Famous recovered victims of mental illness are cited, most notably Abraham Lincoln. Three vignettes concerning non-famous people and the rebuffs they faced as they attempted to become self-sufficient are presented. Deinstitutionalization and the problems of lack of social support and housing faced by recovering mental patients are discussed. The 14 myths are presented, labeled false, and facts contradicting the myth are provided. The myths include notions that recovered mental patients are unpredictable, can never be normal, are dangerous, are not able to converse, have a hopeless future, and are not suited to really responsible jobs. The pamphlet concludes with suggestions about what others can do to support the mentally ill. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.