Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapeutic intervention based on the principle that the onset of mental health symptoms occurs within an interpersonal context. The treatment was originally developed in the 1970s by Gerald L. Klerman, Myrna M. Weissman, and colleagues to address symptoms of depression in adult populations. Before reviewing the phases of treatment in detail, it is important to understand the empirical support, historical context, and theory of IPT.

Empirical Support

The efficacy of the treatment for depression has been well established for adults, as well as for adolescent and geriatric populations. IPT has been delivered successfully in individual and group formats as both preventive and treatment interventions. Clinical trials have also shown effectiveness for other mental health disorders, including bipolar disorder, bulimia, social ...

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