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Comprehensive guide to interpersonal psychotherapy
Weissman, Myrna M.
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New York : Basic Books, [2000]

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xii, 475 pages ; 25 cm.
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1280 Lexile.
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Since its introduction as a brief, empirically validated treatment for depression, Interpersonal Psychotherapy has broadened its scope and repertoire to include disorders of behavior and personality as well as disorders of mood. Practitioners in today's managed care climate will welcome this encyclopedic reference consolidating the 1984 manual (revised) with new applications and research results plus studies in process and in promise and an international resource exchange.

Author Notes

Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D. (Professor, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons), co-authored Interpersonal Psychotherapy of Depression (1984) with the late Gerald Klerman, M.D. Klerman was a professor of medicine and director of research laboratories at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received the 1984 Solomon A. Berson Medical Alumni Achievement Award in Clinical Science.

John C. Markowitz, M.D. , (Associate Professor, New York Hospital - Cornell Medical College), trained with Dr. Klerman and presents IPT workshops worldwide.

Gerald L. Klerman, M.D., is professor of medicine and is also director of research laboratories at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Klerman received the 1984 Solomon A. Berson Medical Alumni Achievement Award in Clinical Science.

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Now deceased, Klerman (author of Interpersonal Psychotherapy of Depression, 1984) was the moving force behind interpersonal psychotherapy, and he mentored both Weissman (Columbia and New York State Psychiatric Institute) and Markowitz (Cornell and Columbia). The efficacy of the IT method was demonstrated in numerous clinical trials. Originally intended for major depressive disorders without psychotic symptoms among adult outpatients, the method has now been extended to nine categories of mood disorders and nine disorders not related to mood. The idea underlying IT is that "psychiatric symptoms, ... however multi-determined their causes, usually occur in a social and interpersonal context" such as separation, death, change of residence, promotion, retirement. In IT, patients first learn to understand the connection between the occurrence of symptoms and current interpersonal problems, and then to find ways of dealing with such problems and thereby the symptoms. This volume extends and revises Klerman's 1984 manual, providing a comprehensive guide including theoretical framework and strategies, case material, treatment efficacy, and resources for practitioners (new formats, treatment manuals, international references, history, training procedures). An extremely valuable contribution to the literature because it connects theory, practice, and research, this volume is essential reading for those who treat patients--whether the professional is IT trained or not--or in training to do so. D. Sydiaha; emeritus, University of Saskatchewan

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Overview of IPTp. 1
Part I Conducting Interpersonal Psychotherapy of Depression
1 An Outline of IPTp. 19
2 The Initial Phasep. 27
3 Grief (Complicated Bereavement)p. 61
4 Interpersonal Role Disputesp. 75
5 Role Transitionsp. 89
6 Interpersonal Deficitsp. 103
7 Termination of Treatmentp. 117
8 Specific Techniquesp. 123
9 Common Problemsp. 139
10 Efficacy Data for Acute Treatment of Major Depressionp. 163
Part II Adaptation of IPT for Mood Disorders
Introductionp. 173
11 Maintenance IPT for Recurrent Major Depression (IPT-M)p. 175
12 IPT for Dysthymic Disorder (IPT-D)p. 185
13 IPT for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A)p. 195
14 IPT for Late-Life Depressionp. 213
15 Conjoint Treatment for Depressed Patients with Marital Disputes (IPT-CM)p. 223
16 Bipolar Disorderp. 267
17 Primary-Care and Mentally Ill Patientsp. 279
18 IPT for Depressed HIV-Positive Patients (IPT-HIV)p. 289
19 Depressed Ante- and Postpartum Patientsp. 299
Part III Adaptation of IPT for Non-Mood Disorders
20 Substance Use Disordersp. 311
21 Eating Disorders: Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosap. 317
22 Anxiety Disordersp. 329
23 Applications in Progressp. 341
Part IV IPT Resources
24 IPT in New Formats: Group, Telephone, Patient Guide; Translation and Use in Other Languages and Culturesp. 361
25 Training and Treatment Manualsp. 375
Part V The Future of IPT
The Future of IPTp. 395
Appendix An Integrative Case Examplep. 403
Literature Referencesp. 435
Indexp. 453