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Positive Psychiatry

A Casebook

Edited by Richard F. Summers, M.D., and Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-61537-201-0
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Positive psychiatry is a new field, but one with a growing empirical database and a developing literature. Still, for all positive psychiatry's potential to improve outcomes and transform care systems, many clinicians remain unsure as to how to apply these interventions with their patients.

It is this uncertainty that makes Positive Psychiatry: A Casebook such an indispensable resource. This guide illustrates how clinicians have successfully combined traditional psychiatry approaches and positive interventions, how positive interventions can enhance the quality of medical care, and how these interventions are employed in educational and coaching settings.

The book opens with an overview of the history of the positive in psychiatry, a summary of the effectiveness of positive interventions, and an overarching conceptualization of the field of positive psychiatry.

Thirteen extensive, detailed cases follow, organized into three sections: mental health treatment (e.g., schizophrenia and bipolar disorder), medical care (e.g., diabetes and chronic stress in caregivers), and educational and coaching interventions (e.g., medical internships and law school).

The clinical cases include a summary, a description of the patient that takes into account his or her strengths and weaknesses, a detailed discussion of the intervention(s), and the outcome of treatment. The examples from the third section on education and coaching provide a unique opportunity to assess the effectiveness of positive interventions in nonclinical settings. All chapters feature take home points that summarize the salient concepts and allow for ease of reference.

Featuring a wide array of settings unmatched by any other compendium of psychiatric or positive case material, Positive Psychiatry: A Casebook is a must-have reference for any clinician seeking to apply positive interventions to their practice.


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Overview of Positive Psychiatry
  • Part I: Mental Health Care
  • Chapter 2. A Family- and Wellness-Based Approach to Child Emotional-Behavioral Problems
  • Chapter 3. A Strength-Based Approach to the Psychotherapeutic Management of Schizophrenia
  • Chapter 4. MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Chapter 5. Recovering Strengths: Combining Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Positive Psychiatry for Improved Self-Esteem
  • Chapter 6. Positivity in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction and Trauma
  • Chapter 7. Effective Use of Positive Psychiatry Concepts in the Psychotherapy of an Older Patient Living With Bipolar Disorder
  • Part II: Medical Care
  • Chapter 8. Diabetes as a Family Illness: A Positive Approach to Diabetes Management
  • Chapter 9. Surfing the Urge to Avoid: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitively Based Compassion Training to Treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Chapter 10. Use of an Integrated Positive Psychiatry Approach in a Veteran With Tinnitus
  • Chapter 11. Building Resilience to Chronic Stress in Dementia Caregivers
  • Part III: Education and Coaching
  • Chapter 12. Stress Management and Resiliency Training in Medical Internship
  • Chapter 13. Acting As if in Executive Coaching
  • Chapter 14. Teaching Positive Psychology in Law School


    Keri Biscoe, M.D.
    Daniel S. Bowling III, J.D., M.A.P.P.
    Behdad Bozorgnia, M.D., M.A.P.P.
    Kathryn H. Britton, M.A.P.P.
    Pollyanna V. Casmar, Ph.D.
    Deanna C. Chaukos, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
    Ambrish S. Dharmadhikari, D.P.M., D.N.B., M.A.P.A.
    Joana Abed Elahad, M.S.
    Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.
    Yash B. Joshi, M.D., Ph.D.
    Kelsey T. Laird, Ph.D.
    Helen Lavretsky, M.D., M.S.
    Ellen E. Lee, M.D.
    Dan Li, B.A.
    Averria Sirkin Martin, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.
    Margot Montgomery O'Donnell, M.D.
    Marcela Ot'alora G., M.A., L.P.C.
    Andrew D. Penn, M.S., R.N., P.M.H.N.P.-B.C.
    Shannon M. Polly, M.A.P.P., PCC
    Charles L. Raison, M.D.
    David C. Rettew, M.D.
    J. Greg Serpa, Ph.D.
    Daniel D. Sewell, M.D.
    Richard F. Summers, M.D.
    Aviva Teitelbaum, M.D.
    Vihang N. Vahia, M.D., I.D.F.A.P.A.

About the Authors

Richard F. Summers, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Residency Advisor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., is Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, and Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, at the University of California, San Diego, in San Diego, California.

Positive psychiatry has been a topic of widespread theoretical interest since introduced by Dilip Jeste yet following on the works of Seligman and others which focus on positive psychology. This volume takes that theoretical construct and puts some meat on the bones. How can the principles of positive psychiatry be integrated into daily clinical practice? In this volume we are presented with a series of real-world clinical practices ranging from resilience to chronic stress in caregivers to tinnitus. Now we have our feet on the ground!—Dan G. Blazer, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., JP Gibbons Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

Positive Psychiatry: A Casebook by Summers and Jeste is an important contribution to positive psychiatry, being the first published compilation of positive psychiatry cases. It provides 13 in-depth positive psychiatry case examples across a range of age groups, disorders and settings. Each chapter offers a detailed case summary, a clear description of positive interventions used, a summary of outcomes, and key take-home points for the reader. A logical follow up to Positive Psychiatry: A Clinical Handbook, this casebook moves the field forward by providing concrete guidance on how to integrate positive psychiatry into practice across clinical and other settings. The book will be of interest to a wide range of clinical practitioners, from psychiatrists and psychologists to allied health professionals and trainees.—Keri-Leigh Cassidy, M.D., FRCPC, Professor, Department of Psychiatry Dalhousie University, Clinical Academic Director, Geriatric Psychiatry/Seniors' Mental Health Program, Founder, Fountain of Health Initiative of Optimal Aging

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