For which patient groups is interpersonal therapy (IPT) an effective treatment for major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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IPT is an efficacious and specific treatment for major depressive disorder in adults. [5] Mufson and Fairbanks found that interpersonal therapy may be useful in the acute treatment of adolescents with major depressive disorder and that the rate of relapse is relatively low after acute IPT. [136] IPT may be modified for adolescents by flexibly determining session frequency and length, and use of telephone contact between sessions to support the development of the therapeutic alliance. In addition, a fifth area of focus on single-parent families has been added to IPT for adolescents (IPT-A) to address difficulties arising from a separation or divorce. [135] There is evidence to suggest that IPT may also be beneficial for depressed older adults. [137]


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