December 21, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Print1.  What is the difference between Positive Psychology and Positive Psychiatry? 

  • Positive Psychiatry shares Positive Psychology’s focus on wellness and foundation that we are inherently well and resilient, but has the additional focus on the neurobiology of wellness.
  • Positive Psychiatry is looking specifically at how the mind and body interact and how psychosocial and behavioural interventions can promote the biology of resilience.
  • Positive Psychiatry is also focused on promoting the dissemination of this information in order to promote capacity in front line workers in the community and increase access to evidence-based resources. For more information you can see our videos page.

2.  How does Positive Psychiatry fit with the traditional model of Psychiatry?

  • Positive Psychiatry is intended to COMPLEMENT and ENHANCE the traditional model of mental health.
  • We recognize and support the use of medication when necessary, as well as the need for clinics and hospitals. We do however aim to learn and disseminate information that is evidence-based about additional ways people can promote wellness in addition to medication, with the hopes of keeping people off medication when possible or allowing them to stay on as low a dose as possible while empowering them in their own care. For more information, go to our Learn More page.

3. Who is the association intended for?   

  • Although we are a Psychiatry Association, our mission and vision includes professionals from multiple disciplines. Consequently, our membership is open to Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, GP’s, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Teachers, Clergy, and other front line mental health professionals interested in contributing or learning more about how they can promote the biology of resilience. As this is the first organization of its kind in the world, and our aim is to build a community of like-minded professionals to grow and use this field, we are also open to international members and partners.
  • For more information about membership and benefits, go to our membership page.

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