Interpersonal Psychotherapy

  • Ranjan Ranjan

This chapter presents two cases and theoretical and empirical justification for the use of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) in treatment. We shall first present the case of Lisa, an adolescent, followed by a literature review and then the case of Clara, a middle-aged woman with a complicated medical history. Lisa, a young teenager, had hysterectomy and vaginoplasty in her preteen years and continued to experience severe and persistent abdominal pain. Apart from the pain, these surgeries had a profound impact on the patient, her parents, and to a lesser degree on her only older brother. Collectively, they were all in a state of mourning. Over time, they were able to articulate their grief as centering on Lisa’s infertility. Lisa had a sense of being different, but the fact that she could not conceive was somewhat theoretical for her. Yet, she felt different from the other kids. Lisa was referred to a pain clinic by her pediatrician who had exhausted all means of pain control for this...


Chronic Pain Eating Disorder Bulimia Nervosa Body Pain Hamilton Rate Scale 
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  • Ranjan Ranjan
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  1. 1.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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