Kylie 's Recovery And Its Effects On Mental Health Essay

1736 Words Sep 19th, 2015 7 Pages
Recovery is a journey. It is individual to every person, and defined as what is experienced by the individual when they are able to live well, with or without their mental illness and its effect on their life (Mental Health Commission, 2001). Recovery begins when a person develops a mental illness, and can be hindered easily in the early stages (Stanton & Tooth, 2010). This case study will discuss barriers to Kylie’s recovery, including lacking formal diagnosis, stigma and discrimination, lack of support, and poor coping mechanisms. Ethical, legal, and family aspects will also be discussed. As a mental health nurse, the “Real Skills” Framework (Ministry of Health, 2008) and recovery competencies for mental health workers (Mental Health Commission, 2001) are useful tools that can be used to form effective strategies to address these barriers.
To be able to set treatment goals and determine Kylie’s needs and strong points in her recovery, diagnosis of the mental health issue is essential (Barling, 2001). Kylie is not under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992, and has the right to give consent and refuse treatment under the HDC Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights Regulation 1996. If consent is gained, though a thorough examination of Kylie and her long term function patterns as well as evaluation of other factors, such as accounts from other people, assessment for transient disorders (e.g. bipolar disorder, anxiety, or…

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