Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery

  • Oliver Freudenreich
Part of the Current Clinical Psychiatry book series (CCPSY)


Psychiatric rehabilitation is a critical component of schizophrenia care in order to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes despite having a serious psychiatric illness. Rehabilitation focuses on improving function not on symptoms. We want our patients to be able to take care of themselves with as little help as possible, to have meaningful work, to enjoy their families, and to be part of a larger community. This chapter reviews rehabilitation tools available to reach these goals, including the goal of recovery from mental illness with the help of peers. Recovery if viewed as a process toward living well as defined by the patient, despite an illness, does not stand in opposition to traditional psychiatric care and taking psychiatric medications. In this sense, all modern mental healthcare must strive to be recovery-oriented and person-centered.


Rehabilitation Supported employment Assertive community treatment Entitlement programs Recovery Peer support Team-based care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Freudenreich
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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