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Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) is a short-term (16 sessions) individual psychodynamic therapy protocol for the treatment of mood disorders (specifically depression and anxiety). The protocol was designed in 2008 on the basis of the work of the U.K. Department of Health–commissioned Expert Reference Group on psychoanalytic psychotherapy competencies drawn from manualized psychoanalytic/dynamic therapies that yielded good results in psychotherapy outcome studies.

DIT’s starting point is rooted in the common clinical observation that patients who present as depressed and/or anxious invariably also present with difficulties and distress about their relationships. In DIT, the presenting symptoms of depression are formulated as responses to interpersonal difficulties or perceived threats to attachments (loss or separation) and hence also as threats to the self. In addition, depression is conceptualized in ...

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