Today, I visited Reaching Recovery a team of researchers at the Mental Health Center of Denver looking into what "really" helps people overcome psychological issues and get on the road to mental health recovery.
Here is what they say about themselves on their website:
At the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) we believe strongly that recovery is possible because we see it happen every day. The vision of Reaching Recovery is to transform the mental health system from one which helps people stabilize their illness to one which helps people take the next step and achieve a full and meaningful life in spite of their illness.
We began the process – which lasted for several years – with logic modeling and statistical expertise to insure reliability and validity of the data. In the process we obtained valuable input from all stakeholders, including consumers, case managers, managers, and psychiatrists. This helped us sharpen our focus on recovery and long-term success for consumers and led to the conceptual framework of The Four Measures of Recovery that provide a constant feedback loop about consumer’s recovery. </blockquote>
During our conversation, Roy Starks, the director of the program, showed me one surprising result that popped up after combing through mounds of their data. Whenever, someones level of HOPE increased, their level of symptom interference increased as well.
What did that mean?
Basically, when people start believing they can change their life (hope, they have an upsurge in "issues" or "problems".
So if you are someone that has dealt with depression through your life. Then it may work this way:
Increased Hope = Increased Depression
This is similar to something I deal with in my life coaching work. I often say it this way:
You are going to face your hardest challenges when you pursue your most important dreams.
This frustrating truth is one reason so many keep their dreams on the self and never really try and make them become a reality. This paradoxical effect weeds many people out, side-lines them, and can lead to some serious despair.
However, it is also true (and this was supported by the data as well)when people hang in there, find ways to cope with the added pressures, tolerate the increase in symptom interference, get support and encouragement, and understand this process — dreams can come true, goals can be achieved, and a new level of joy does eventually emerge.
So – expect the heat to turn up when you reach for the stars. And don’t give up! You can ride it out if you hang in there and keep hope alive!
© 2009 Mark C. Jones, MA, LPC – Life Coach and Counselor
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