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2020

Practicing Positive Psychiatry

A highly practical book for all mental health professionals wanting to know how to apply positive psychiatry in their daily work Positive psychiatry is the science and practice of psychiatry and clinical psychology that seeks to understand and promote wellbeing among people who have or are at high risk of developing mental health problems. In […]

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A highly practical book for all mental health professionals wanting to know how to apply positive psychiatry in their daily work

Positive psychiatry is the science and practice of psychiatry and clinical psychology that seeks to understand and promote wellbeing among people who have or are at high risk of developing mental health problems. In this new approach, the person takes center stage, not the disease, and the focus is not only on repairing the worst, but also on creating the best in our patients.

The authors from the fields of medicine and clinical psychology present over 40 applications and many cases and stories to illustrate the four pillars of positive psychiatry: positive psychology, solution-focused brief therapy, the recovery-oriented approach, and nonspecific factors. The book shows how mental health professionals can significantly increase patient collaboration to co-create preferred outcomes through discovering possibilities and competencies and through building hope, optimism, and gratitude.

Essential reading for psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, other professionals working in the field of mental health care as well as students who want to take a positive focus to make psychiatry faster, lighter, and yes, more fun. We have high hopes that positive psychiatry will become a firm part of the psychiatry of the future.

“We congratulate the authors on having done an outstanding job in packaging a subject matter that we share as the core of psychiatry practice and research. It is our belief that positive psychiatry and a focus on wellness can produce lasting results, augmented by psychopharmacologiy and various other treatments. This book defines a critical time point in the evolution of psychiatry.”

Dilip V. Jeste and Varsha D. BadalMD, Past President of the American Psychiatric Association / PhD, University of California San Diego

“Fredrike Bannink and Frenk Peeters have created a practical resource where different perspectives that put the promotion of well-being before the reduction of symptoms are brought together. The entire book is packed with useful clinical vignettes, cases, applications, and stories that help contextualize and apply its contents. It is an excellent tool to get introduced to this field in a practical way but without forgetting its theoretical foundations.”

Francisco José Eiroa-Orosa, PhD, Ramón y CajalResearcher and Professor, Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, University of Barcelona, Spain

“This volume provides psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners with new ways to support recovery and well-being. Numerous stories and case studies illustrate how positive mental health and solution-focused approaches are used in practice, and the book is full of guidance underpinned by scientific evidence. This is a valuable book for anyone working to support people with mental health issues.”

Mike Slade, PhDProfessor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion, University of Nottingham, UK

“REVIEWER'S EXPERT OPINION 2021

Description
Delving into a perspective on mental health care underrepresented in the literature, this work both makes a case for and provides guidance on how to shift the focus of psychiatric care. Pushing back against the focus on psychopathology, the authors explore the potential of a more supportive, patient-centered approach. Separated into six chapters and a collection of appendixes for easy reference, they cover everything from needed paradigm shifts to helpful applications of positive psychiatry. A first edition, this text was originally published in Dutch, but is now released in English.

Purpose
Through well organized and comprehensive material, the authors aim to bring positive psychiatry to the forefront of the field. Informative and practical, they hope to shape the future direction of psychiatry as a field. Highlighting historical focus on the disease and minimizing symptoms, they envision the psychiatrist as not only an expert, but a collaborative guide helping the patient not only to survive, but to thrive.

Audience
The audience is overtly identified as all mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, residents, other mental health practitioners, and students. Focusing on those in the field as a whole is necessary to truly begin to broadly shift culture and attitude to patient values, assets, and well-being. As an overview text, the authors effectively meet the goal of making the content accessible to all within the field. The authors are clear experts in psychiatry as well as psychotherapy and are based primarily in the Netherlands.

Features
Each chapter in the book covers a different topic relevant to learning about and practicing positive psychiatry. Clear subtopics within each chapter further organize the content, and relevant cases, applications, figures, and summary tables are incorporated along the way. The application chapter is particularly useful in summarizing key components of psychiatric care as it is, with guidance as to how one might incorporate or shift the treatment approach to encourage positive change. The writing is clear, and the transition from Dutch to English is seamless. The authors take a unique approach within the appendixes in categorizing various cases, stories, and applications for reader reference. An introductory text of sorts, it provides an opportunity for future exploration by the authors.

Assessment
One of the first books in the field of positive psychiatry, the combination of summarization of the research and practical application is particularly salient for more patient-centered care. It is refreshing in its perspective that those with mental health conditions can not only live with their disease but can find healing and growth through treatment. With publication during a challenging time in the world, the authors offer a new path within psychiatry of gratitude, optimism, and hope.”

Hannah E.H. WilliamsPine Rest Christian Mental Health Services