Thursday, 8th March 2012
UK: Get into Reading as an intervention for common mental health problems
Source: Medical Humanities
From the Introduction:
Population mental health and well-being are high on the international health agenda given the prevalence of depression as a major disabling illness. Although anti-depressant medication remains the mainstay of treatment in primary care, its effectiveness has been called into question.
There is an expanding evidence base in support of a range of treatment options including psychosocial interventions and comprehensive disease management programmes. Within these we note increasing interest in narrative and bibliotherapeutic approaches, which typically emphasise the importance of meaningful social engagement; a sense of value, purpose or comprehensibility in respect of one’s self and life; a sense of agency and of manageability in relation to the problems and demands posed by life; and the capacity to “tell a good story about oneself”.
As the last possibility is likely to decrease in the culturally adverse setting of an in-patient ward, or in the context of a diagnosis which offers a passive story of a ‘patient’ who is ill and in need of professional cure, recent initiatives have stressed the importance of preventive interventions which can reach individuals before such adverse personal stories take hold.
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