Experts in Our Own Journey

“Those of us who have been diagnosed are not objects to be acted upon. We are fully human subjects who can act and in acting, change our situation. We are human beings and we can speak for ourselves. We have a voice and can learn to use it. We have the right to be heard and listened to. We can become self-determining. We can take a stand toward what is distressing to us and need not be passive victims of an illness. We can become experts in our own journey of recovery.” – Deegan, P. (1996). Recovery as a journey of the heart. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Vol. 19 Issue 3, pp. 91-97

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