The word “recovery” is heard a lot these days in the mental health system, but what does it really mean? Is it that a person “recovers from” a condition of some kind? Is it about finding “mental health recovery”? Or, could it perhaps be about “recovering” something that was actually lost, or even taken? In this talk, Laura Delano explored what “recovery” has meant for her on her journey through the mental health system. She reflected on what it was like to be diagnosed “bipolar” and seek help from the mental health system over the fourteen years to follow, and share what would become her most important discovery along the way: that she needed to come off medications and leave her psychiatric diagnosis behind if she stood a chance at recovering what it was she was really looking for: herself. The book Laura gives credit for awakening her to what had happened to her is Anatomy of an Epidemic,http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI…