Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression
IPT is a specific treatment for depression. It focuses on 4 different focal areas:
Disputes -Depression has developed following on-going disputes with, for example a partner or family member.
Transitions - Depression has developed following a significant change in your life such as retirement, redundancy or divorce.
Bereavement - The loss of a loved one has left you stuck in the grieving process resulting in depression.
Sensitivities - Difficulties making and maintaining relationships has led to depression and social isolation
IPT is a highly structured, time-limited approach, which works on the principle that psychological symptoms of depression can be improved if we improve our interactions with others. Similar to CBT it maintains a here and now focus and does not delve into past experiences of relationships. IPT treatment encourages you to utilise your social support and network to aid your recovery.
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