Positive Psychiatry:  The Joy In Giving


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Positivity is gaining that much popularity in recent years, especially among the millennials, developing the tendency of having an optimistic attitude.

Despite all the positivity millennials like me are portraying, the happy emoticons and unending selfies, most of us are suffering from a wide array of mental disorders – depression, anxiety, fear, and more.  Reasons behind this reality are that we still feel alone, we feel empty, we feel insignificant.


Positive Psychiatry, A New Chapter To Recovery

Positive psychiatry allows me to experience joy through giving.   It helped me recover from my mental illness.  Yes, recovery is possible.

Positive psychiatry is a process that allows people to understand their own strengths in order to advance both in their mental and physical health.

Positive psychiatry lets a person suffering from disorders like depression and anxiety to not just get treatment, but teaches them how they can live a happy, productive, and meaningful life.  It focuses on connecting on their strength which can eventually lead to some changes htat will aid in promoting wellness.


Social Engagement

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Millennials are hooked on social media, which is said to be making us less sociable.   Although I may have many friends on social media, I still feel inadequate and lonely.  This inability to apply basic life and social skills in my reality is one cause of my depression.

My psychiatrist teaches me how to fight this anti-social attitude in me.  He urged me first to be involved with family activities, to have a close relationship with my parents and siblings, go out and talk to them more, and share my everyday life and thoughts with them without overthinking of being judged.  It helped me a lot to have the courage to open up more.  I discovered how loving my family is.  I realized what Dave Kaplowitz, LMFT, CGP means now when he says, “The goal of family therapy is to help family members improve communication, solve family problems, understand and handle special family situations, and create a better functioning home environment. ” With their help, I gained enough confidence to join the community and church outreach programs.

Confidently, I can say I now do have friends for real, real friends whom I can share my joy and troubles with and help me get back on my feet when I feel like losing it again.


Hedonia, Path To A Healthy Life

“Happy people make healthier choices,” explains Scott Glassman, PsyD. I believe that. A healthy life can be found in pleasure without mental (anxiety and depression) and bodily pain.  We always go all-out for happiness with the goal to not just achieve it but to remain in that state.  Staying in that happy moment is not possible, but reflecting on those moments can help us revisit the happy feeling as often as we want to.

My psychiatrist asked me to mirror how often I feel positive emotions, such as enthusiasm and attentiveness, and how often I feel the negative feelings of fear, sadness, shame, and nervousness.  He says I have a higher ratio of positive emotions versus the negatives, and right now it’s the happiest that I have ever been.


Finding Life’s Meaning

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Eudaimonism is a philosophy that explains how your right actions lead to positive wellbeing, giving your life some value.  Aristotle’s impression of eudaimonia is that it is not a momentary positive emotion but something that needs cultivating, enriching your best qualities both ethically and rationally.

It is your active life, how you live it, like how you do your job and how you contribute to the society.  It is about getting involved in your community and realizing your potential, your talent, whatever strength you have not to go to waste.


Happiness And Life’s Meaning

Positive psychiatry has taught me that life is not all about my joy. It’s not all about feeling good.  I now consider it as a combination of being good and doing good in order to feel good.   It is the joy of giving a part of me to the community where I belong.  It is not for people to know my story but for me to understand theirs and learn from it.  As I am giving a part of me to them, in return, they are giving me life lessons that keep me well and going.

I used to think that life was so difficult, that finding meaning was like an endless maze.   I never felt that my existence and my stay here was something worthwhile because I did not feel like I belonged.  I used to see my life as something that had no sense, no direction. But now, I realized the importance of Andrea F. Polard, PsyD statement; “Authentic happiness is relating to the entire universe. When someone relates and leaves nothing out, you can see it in the face and posture. There is a presence about a truly happy person, a look that says “Yes,” to oneself, to others, and to the world.”

Positive psychiatry through finding my strength, connecting to the community, and sharing what little I have has given my life a new meaning.  I now feel that my life is driven by an awareness that I have a purpose.  My existence is not only all about me, but more about my Creator and my neighbors.