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New Applications of Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Edited by Gerald L. Klerman, M.D., and Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-511-1
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In recent years, several new adaptations of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) have appeared in the psychiatric literature. Designed for both clinicians and researchers, New Applications of Interpersonal Psychotherapy presents these latest adaptations and their applications for a variety of disorders, including depression, bulimia, substance use, and addiction.

Section One includes background concepts of IPT and recent advances in the understanding of epidemiology, genetics, and treatment of depression. Section Two covers new adaptations of IPT for depression, including maintenance for recurrent depression, conjoint IPT for depressed patients with marital disputes, and IPT for the treatment of depressed adolescents, elderly patients, depressed HIV-seropositive patients, dysthymic patients, and depressed medical patients in primary care. Section Three describes the extension of IPT to other disorders, including a simpler counseling for stress.


  • Overview.

    Interpersonal psychotherapy for depression: background and concepts. Depression: recent research and clinical advances. The place of psychotherapy in the treatment of depression.

    Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Its Adaptations for Depression.

    Maintenance interpersonal psychotherapy for recurrent depression. Conjoint interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed patients with marital disputes. Interpersonal psychotherapy for adolescent depression. Interpersonal psychotherapy in the treatment of late-life depression. Interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed HIV-seropositive patients. Interpersonal psychotherapy for dysthymic disorders. Applications of interpersonal psychotherapy to depression in primary care practice.

    Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Other Psychiatric Disorders.

    Interpersonal counseling for stress and distress in primary care settings. Interpersonal psychotherapy for patients who abuse drugs. Interpersonal psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa.

This is a significant contribution to the psychotherapy literature. It is part of the scientific legacy of the late Gerald Klerman, who applied the same rigorous standards to the study of psychotherapy we are accustomed to seeing in psychopharmacology research. It describes a welcome extension of a more active and directed therapeutic approach to new groups of patients.—Doody's Annual Health Sciences Book Review

All the sections are well written and clear about the use of the techniques of interpersonal psychotherapy. . . . There is a richness of thought and discussion here that adds to one's understanding of the role of this particular kind of psychotherapy.—The New England Journal of Medicine

This is an excellent book that offers clinicians creative ideas for dealing with depressed patients who are contending with complex interpersonally relevant problems. It points to promising new directions for IPT that rest upon a solid foundation of well-conducted research studies that support the efficacy of this intervention.—Gregory A. Hinrichsen, Ph.D., Geriatric Psychiatry Division and Psychological Services, Hillside Hospital Division of Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Glen Oaks, New York, Depression, 1995

New Applications of Interpersonal Psychotherapy is a must for all mental health clinicians. Therapists, whether novices or old hands, have much to learn from a careful reading of this lucid text.—Leon Eisenberg, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Presley Professor of Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry

New Applications of Interpersonal Psychotherapy is truly state of the art. It provides the model of how psychiatric treatments should be developed and evaluated.—Robert Michels, M.D., Cornell University, Medical College

This volume, with its clear exposition and compelling examples, goes a long way to making a research-based approach seem both attractive and feasible to clinicians treating patients of many diagnoses in a variety of settings.—Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

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