Implementing Positive Psychology Interventions Essay

1994 Words Dec 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
Implementing Positive Psychology Interventions in cases of adversity; The benefits of increasing Optimism, Resilience, Meditation, Hope and Social support in alleviating depressive symptoms.

“Depression is more than just sadness. People with depression may experience a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.” (APA, 2016). Depression isn’t simply feeling down but instead a persistent feeling across a prolonged period of time, that not only affects the daily psychological, physical and cognitive functions of those individuals suffering, but also their family, friends and loved ones. Although, depression can be treated by taking antidepressants, they are not always considered the most efficient. This is because they are often only a quick fix to the client’s problems, they don’t resolve the root of the issue and provide no sustained effect in the long run. Thus, Positive Psychology Interventions (PPI) are an alternative treatment. In recent years PPI’s have become increasingly popular in the healthcare field, as research has proposed that positive psychology interventions can considerably improve subjective and psychological well-being resulting in a reduction of depressive symptoms (Boiler et al., 2013). Clinicians have also been encouraged to include Positive Psychology…

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