ABOUT THIS BOOK
· Describes current research and services available to mothers with
serious mental illness
· Presents clients’ personal accounts of their parenting experiences and issues such as stigma, fears and discrimination
· Provides clinicians with information that can be used to help patients
· Promotes further research, improved services and the message of mental illness recovery
Despite the importance of regaining social roles during recovery from mental illness, the intersection between motherhood and serious mental illness is often overlooked. This book aims to rectify that neglect. A series of introductory chapters describing current research and services available to mothers with serious mental illness are followed by personal accounts of clients reflecting on their parenting experiences. One goal of the book is to provide clinicians with information on this seldom addressed topic, which they can then use to help patients who are struggling with questions and barriers in their attempts to parent. The inclusion of personal accounts of mothers on issues such as stigma, fears, and discrimination in the context of parenting with a mental illness is intended to promote the message of mental illness recovery to a larger audience as well. Finally, it is hoped that this handbook will help inspire more research on mothers with mental illness and the creation of more services tailored to their needs.
Content Level » Professional/practitioner
Keywords » Motherhood - Parenting - Perinatal Mental Health - Serious Mental Illness - Severe Mental Illness
Related subjects » Medicine - Psychiatry - Psychology
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Working with Mothers and Children: Supporting Mothers Living with Mental Illnesses in Recovery.- Modes of Experience and Understanding.- When Your Patient has Children.- Mothers are Everywhere: Finding Stories of Motherhood in a State Psychiatric Hospital.- Pregnancy and the Perinatal Period.- Substance Use Disorders and Motherhood.- Legal Issues Regarding Children.- LBT Mothers.- Voices of Mothers: The Journey.- Voices of Mothers: Getting Help.- Voices of Mothers: Motivation for Healing.- Voices of Mothers: Multigenerational Impact.- Voices of Mothers: Adult Children's Perspective".