Chapter 5. Recovery and Resilience

  1. Ihsan M. Salloum Professor of Psychiatry Director4,5 and
  2. Juan E. Mezzich Professor of Psychiatry Director Past President6,7
  1. Michaela Amering Professor1 and
  2. Margit Schmolke2,3

Published Online: 11 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch5

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

How to Cite

Amering, M. and Schmolke, M. (2009) Recovery and Resilience, in Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects (eds I. M. Salloum and J. E. Mezzich), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Treatment and Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA

  2. 5

    Section on Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature, World Psychiatric Association, FL, USA

  3. 6

    International Center for Mental Health and Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, NY, USA

  4. 7

    World Psychiatric Association, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Division of Social Psychiatry, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

  2. 2

    German Academy for Psychoanalysis, Munich, Germany

  3. 3

    World Psychiatric Association Section on Preventive Psychiatry, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470725696

Online ISBN: 9780470743485



  • recovery and resilience;
  • recovery - not a return to ‘premorbid’ state, but a development of personal growth;
  • recovery and clinical and scientific responsibilities - each person finding what works for him or herself;
  • person-centred orientation - services defined according to needs of individual, with all of his/her strengths, talents and interests, and limitations;
  • person involvement - right to partnership in all relationships pertaining to recovery;
  • services focusing on inherent potential for recovery in every person;
  • conceptual development and empirical understanding of resilience;
  • American Psychological Association (APA) - trained experts for educating children to cope with unavoidable adversities of life;
  • challenge of assessing resilient persons - a complex task;
  • recovery advocacy and recovery research - new information on long-term perspectives of people experiencing severe mental health problems


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Remission and Recovery

  • Recovery and Clinical and Scientific Responsibilities

  • Resilience

  • ConclusionS

  • References