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.
Talking Positivity with Fredrike Bannink. Read the interview here
"In a nutshell, this book is about the practice of hope. It begins with a promise – “From what’s wrong to what’s strong” – and throughout the pages this promise comes alive and is realized through various exercises, illustrative case studies, and tools. The text is not only useful for students and interested readers – it also carries great value for clinicians. For practitioners, the book offers a comprehensive, integrative and accessible theory-based intervention methods, compelling ideas and engaging practical tools. For scholars, it can serve as an important starting point, orienting readers to relevant and central concepts and theories, and laying the groundwork for a deeper and more substantive further exploration. This book’s strength lies not only in its conceptual clarity and organization of core foundational principles of positive psychiatry, but also in its capability to apply these ideas."
Pninit Russo-Netzer, PhD, University of Haifa, Israel, in British Journal of Psychology 2022/113, p. 348-349
"[T]his 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.
"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.
"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."
Hannah EH Williams, MD, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, in Doody's Reviews, 2021
"Practicing Positive Psychiatry provides a forward-looking, life-affirming approach to working with patients who suffer from acute and chronic mental illness and ... if the clinical results are indeed as positive as indicated, then I whole-heartedly applaud the new paradigm described in Practicing Positive Psychiatry."
Gerald P. Perman, MD, DLFAPA, in Capital Psychiatry, 2021
“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 psychopharmacology and various other treatments. This book defines a critical time point in the evolution of psychiatry.”
Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Past President of the American Psychiatric Association, and Varsha D. Badal, PhD, University of California San Diego
“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, PhD, Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion, University of Nottingham, UK
“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 Cajal researcher and Professor, Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, University of Barcelona, Spain