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Mommies And Their Role In Mental Illness

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Welcome to hypography, nubiachem! :)

A new study links a mom's beliefs of her kid to how successful that child will recover from mental illness. Common sense? Movies have been telling us this for years (psychotic son or daughter has tumultuous relationship with mom or dad).


Here's the link: http://www.examiner.com/science-news-in-national/moms-play-big-role-mental-illness

Markowitz's study sounds interesting, but it's not yet been published, so it's hard to have much of an opinion on it yet.


I think it's important to carefully consider what is meant by "mental recovery from schizophrenia". Our best present understanding of the collection of diagnosed mental conditions considered schizophrenia is that they result from fairly incurable underlying disorders of the brain. "Recovery" is better described, I think, as "effective management", than "cure". This is not to say that it's not very important - schizophrenias are terrible disorders - but it's important to have a realistic expectation of how full a recovery is possible even with the best help of family, friends, and professional mental healthcare providers.

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