Mental health

It is firmly established that people suffering from severe mental disorder (SMI) such as schizophrenia must not only face psychopathological problems such as positive or negative symptoms and cognitive deficits, but they must also face important psychosocial challenges. In this sense, psychosocial rehabilitation and integration programs emphasize the training of social skills that allow people with SMI to integrate as full citizens in normalized activities in the work, family or leisure context.

Along with the symptomatological aspects, cognitive and social deficits, people with SMIs have a problem that, although related to the above factors, presents special characteristics: the difficulty in constructing coherent and sharable life narratives in the community. Because, as we have seen in previous sections, narratives are an essential instrument in the construction of our identity, it is difficult to imagine that people with narrative deficits can integrate and participate in society.