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Interpersonal Therapy


Interpersonal Therapy


The research is to find out where the therapy originated, including the name of the person who first introduced the therapy and a brief history if possible. Provide a short summary of any clinical research or scientific evidence that supports the validity of the therapy. List of conditions the therapy is best suited to treat. A summary of how the therapy works to assist the client. Contras or dangers associated with using the therapy. A bibliography listing the resources used to find the information, including websites and publications.


Gerald Klerman and Myrna Weissman developed interpersonal therapy Interpersonal therapy for major depression in the 1970s and have since been adapted for other mental disorders. is an empirically validated intervention for depressive disorders, and is more effective when used in combination with psychiatric medications. Along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), treatment guidelines, as a psychosocial treatment of choice and IPT and CBT are the only psychosocial Interpersonal therapy is recommended in interventions in which psychiatry residents in the United States are mandated to be trained for professional practice.

Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is a method of treating depression. Interpersonal therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on you and your relationships with other people. It’s based on the idea that personal relationships are at the centre of psychological problems.

Depression isn’t always caused by an event or a relationship. However, depression affects relationships and can create problems with interpersonal connections. The goals of Interpersonal therapy are to help you communicate better with others and address problems that contribute to your depression.

Interpersonal therapy can be use for Substance Abuse, Eating disorders anorexia/bulimia, Bipolar, Baby Blues, cyclothymic (mild Bipolar), too.

In the 1970s, Klerman, Weissman, and colleagues demonstrated the efficacy of IPT in treating MDD in repeated randomized controlled trials. The utility of IPT has been tested for other mood and non-mood disorders by several investigators in several countries, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Uganda, and elsewhere. From the start, the approach has been a scientific one. IPT has been tested in clinical trials for each proposed application; it has never been intended as a treatment for all disorders.

Techniques of interpersonal therapy include:

* Identification of Emotion — Helping the person identify what their emotion is and where it is coming from.

* Example — Roger is upset and fighting with his wife. Careful analysis in therapy reveals that he has begun to feel neglected and unimportant since his wife started working outside the home. Knowing that the relevant emotion is hurt and not anger, Roger can begin to address the problem.

* Expression of Emotion — This involves helping the person express their emotions in a healthy way.

* Example — When Roger feels neglected by his wife he responds with anger and sarcasm. This in turn leads his wife to react negatively. By expressing his hurt and his anxiety at no longer being important in her life in a calm manner, Roger can now make it easier for his wife to react with nurturance and reassurance.

* Dealing With Emotional Baggage — Often, people bring unresolved issues from past relationships to their present relationships. By looking at how these past relationships affect their present mood and behavior, they are in a better position to be objective in their present relationships.

* Example — Growing up, Roger’s mother was not a nurturing woman. She was very involved in community affairs and often put Roger’s needs on the back burner. When choosing a wife, Roger subconsciously chose a woman who was very attentive and nurturing. While he agreed that the family needed the increased income, he did not anticipate how his relationship with his own mother would affect his reaction to his wife working outside the home.


Contras and dangers to date, I have found no reports of an dangers in Interpersonal therapy.


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