President-elect Dilip Jeste intends to lead the APA into an era of “positive psychiatry.” “We should not be satisfied merely with treating symptoms in patients with mental illness but also with improving their overall well-being,” he told Medscape Medical News. “There are many studies that have shown that positive traits like optimism and social engagement are associated with a significant decrease in mortality, and I think as psychiatrists, we are in a good position to incorporate these into psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions.”
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