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The Reality of Recovery in Personality Disorder

The Reality of Recovery in Personality Disorder

Heather Castillo


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Exploring the process of recovery from personality disorder, and how this can be achieved, this research-based but highly readable book describes successful community-based ways to support people after diagnosis and the wider implications for mental ill health.

Taking a close look at what it means to be diagnosed with personality disorder, the author considers how people with mental health issues are treated by society at large and within mental health services. She highlights problems and gaps in services, and how stigma surrounding mental health disorders can negatively affect the treatment an individual receives. Many first-hand accounts by people diagnosed with personality disorder offer a real perspective into what it is like to live with mental health issues, challenging stereotypes and providing much-needed insight into their needs. Research from The Haven, an innovative community-based project supporting people through recovery from personality disorder, offers ground-breaking ways to care for and meet the needs of people with major mental health issues in a positive and creative way.

Essential reading for mental health professionals, people diagnosed with personality disorder, and their families.

A well written and engaging book that depicts the triumphs and challenges of working with those affected with the disorders, with their carers' and with the complex intricacies of commissioning.
There is enough material and evidence-based research within the covers for anyone who has an interest in or indeed already works within the realms of personality disorder to take heart and apply some of the excellent work that has been shown.

Rachel Taylor, School of Education and Psychology, University of Bolton
Journal of Mental Health
Dr Heather Castillo worked for many years in Mind organisations in Essex, developing advocacy for people with mental health problems. She has worked with service users, training and supporting them to become legitimate researchers in the field of mental health. In 2004 she helped to set up, and became the Chief Executive of The Haven Project, which began as a Department of Health National Innovation Site for the support and treatment of personality disorder. In 2011 she completed a doctorate at Anglia Ruskin University, UK, about the process of recovery in personality disorder. She lives in Essex, UK.
Heather Castillo has been a pioneer in the provision of support and treatment for people living with personality disorder. She understands that the process of recovery must be user led; and the voices of people with personality disorder need to be respected and heard. In this fascinating book, she describes the journey she made as a service developer and leader, and the empirical evaluation process: one which involved service users from the start. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to professionals who are developing services for people with personality disorder, and for those who have an interest in the qualitative research methods in mental health.
Dr Gwen Adshead, Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, Southern Health Foundation Trust