Positive Psychology Intervention Essay

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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,
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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 Interventions in their clinical work and in particular to those who are depressed (Sin & Lyubomirsky, 2009). This, plan will suggest some examples of PPI’s that can be attributed to treating clients diagnosed with depression for The Brandt District Hospital rehabilitation programme. Interventions such as increasing Optimism, …show more content…
Resilience is known as “the capacity to cope effectively in a difficult situation and maintain a healthy disposition in the face of disaster, pain, or adversity” (Rutter, 1990, as cited by Peng et al., 2014). Researchers have associated Resilience with involving internal factors such as self-concept, self-esteem, self-confidence and temperament as well as external factors like family environments, education and role models. Fredrickson, Tugade, Waugh & Larkin (2003) conducted a study on the aftermath of 911 terrorist attacks and found that individuals who were previously reported as being resilient showed more positive emotions, which following a crisis essentially acted as a buffer for resilient people against becoming depressed. This suggests that boosting resilience in patients suffering from depression can potentially increase their positive emotions, and as a result can lessen depressive symptoms. Gerson & Fernandez (2013) looked at increasing adaptive explanatory styles, they developed a Programme for Accelerated Thriving and Health (PATH). The programme consisted of three 60-90 minute meetings, over 3 weeks. The meetings included lectures on explanatory styles such as pessimistic, optimistic and personal control, and were given positives and negatives of each style alongside other relevant information such as the importance of resilience against stress. Along with the lectures participants were also

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