In this chapter, we pick up points raised in Chapter 2, and follow through others from Chapter 4, in order to consider recovery in practice in more detail. It may seem odd to imply, in the title of this chapter, that recovery policy and rhetoric might represent anything other than a positive prospect for people with a diagnosis of mental disorder. But the latter contains a very wide social group and implies a mental health policy, which like others is rife with unintended consequences. As we noted in Chapter 1, there is certainly a distinction to be made between people who experience profound unhappiness on the one hand and those who speak oddly and act in an unintelligible way on the other, thereby unnerving those around them. The Berlin Runaway-House referenced above (Weglaufhaus) is a refuge for the homeless seeking protection from the ‘psychiatric violence’ of the treatment system while gaining support from peers. As Bruckmann suggests, help in this case might be support and sympathy, not forcible commitment.
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