Journal article

The concept of recovery and secondary prevention in psychotic disorders.

PD McGorry

Aust N Z J Psychiatry | Published : 1992


The concept of recovery is embedded in the current classification of functional psychosis, an unfortunate fact which has obscured important therapeutic and preventive opportunities for patients and their relatives. A range of theoretical perspectives is reviewed which could be drawn upon to extend research, and develop and evaluate new forms of intervention in this area. The major tasks facing patients and their families at different stages of illness are described, and a series of principles is then proposed to guide the clinical care of recovering psychotic patients.