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From Depression to Happiness

A Positive Psychiatry Prescription for Life after Depression

Author(s): Erick Messias

Book Description

Psychiatry has developed a number of tools to help manage symptoms of mental disorders, broadly categorized as psychotherapy, or “talk therapy”, and psychopharmacology, or “medications”. One question left open in this regard, though, is what to do after those symptoms are controlled? How can those with depression be helped to build a better life after the remission of symptoms?

Weaving together Positive Psychology and Aristotelian philosophy, this book details an approach to creating a path towards a flourishing life. Building on the two translations of the Greek term “Arete”, virtue and excellence, it links Aristotle’s ideas to those of Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology, and Howard Gardner, a proponent of the Multiple Intelligences Theory.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3713-2
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3713-7
Date of Publication: 01/10/2019
Pages / Size: 179 / A5
Price: £58.99


Erick Messias completed medical school and practiced family medicine in rural areas in Brazil, before moving to Baltimore for residency training. He completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Maryland in 2001, and preventive medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003. While at the latter, he received a Master’s in Public Health and a PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology. He has published over 40 journal articles and several book chapters, and has edited a volume on schizophrenia for psychiatrists. He is currently the Associate Dean for Faculty Affair for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, in Little Rock, USA.