Recovery heroes ‐ a profile of Gordon McManus

Published on Oct 29, 2009
· DOI :10.1108/13666282200900037
Gordon McManus2
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Sally Morgan14
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+ 1 AuthorsJerome Carson10
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(South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)
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Abstract
The influential Sainsbury Centre report, Making Recovery a Reality (Shepherd et al, 2008), talks about clinical and social aspects of recovery. The issue of psychological recovery is not discussed at length, although other workers have put forward a psychological model of recovery (Andresen et al, 2003). While there are numerous definitions of recovery, the one developed by Gordon, the focus of this profile, is unlikely to be matched for its parsimony. Gordon describes recovery as ‘coping with your illness and trying to have a meaningful life’ (McManus, 2008). In this paper, he outlines his background. He is then interviewed by Sarah Morgan about his life, illness and recovery. Finally, Jerome gives an appreciation of his contribution to our developing understanding of recovery.
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