Dr. Dan Tomasulo - Depression Recovery Through Positivity

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This week on Wellbeing we talk with Dr. Dan Tomasulo about depression recovery through positive psychology. This is the fifth instalment in our series on depression. Dr Tomasulo is a counselling psychologist, writer, and professor. He holds a PhD in psychology and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. His most recent book Learned Hopefulness, The Power of Positivity To Overcome Depression was released in 2020. The book focuses on the idea of hope and positivity, and how those two concepts can play a part in recovery from depression. Dan's passion is Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology focuses on how our strengths and cultivating our best selves can lead to meaningful and fulfilling lives.

In this episode, Dr Tomasulo talks about his book, what hope is, how hope can help one overcome depression, in a fast moving world how powerful time just stopping is, what is happening in the brain pathways when both depression and positivity are occurring and how they differ, how people of different ages interact with hope and positivity, and the use of positivity psychology in recovery programs.

"Psychology has pretty much followed the medical model where we try to eliminate what's problematic in the hopes that that'll make you feel better, but really, not being depressed is not the same as being happy. If I take away all your depression, that doesn't guarantee you'll be happy. You've got to do the things that bring happiness to you." - Dr. Dan Tomasulo on this episode of Wellbeing

Tune in next week when we talk Dr. Drew Ramsey about depression recovery through diet

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