First-person account on psychiatric disability: a case of bipolar disorder
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ColumbiaCare Services, Inc
Submission date: 2014-05-24
Final revision date: 2014-06-23
Acceptance date: 2014-06-23
Publication date: 2014-09-19
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Andrzej Axer   

ColumbiaCare Services, Inc, 2015 NW Flanders St. #507, 97209 Portland, United States
Arch Psych Psych 2014;16(3):53-57
This “first-person account” on recovery from psychiatric disability has been written by the mental health care practitioner diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. In sharing this personal account with professional colleagues, the author has three goals in mind: 1) explore the factors, which delayed his entering treatment for in spite of obvious clinical symptoms; 2) emphasize the importance of the long-term relationship with a compassionate and competent psychiatrist in supporting recovery, and 3) describe how the author’s personal experience change his view of patients’ struggles with accepting their own psychiatric impairments. Finally. The paper shows self-care strategies that have proven to be helpful for the author and that might be helpful for other professional colleagues with similar problems.
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