Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Tricyclics for Depression

  • Myrna M. Weissman
  • Gerald L. Klerman


Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is based on the evidence that most clinical depressions — regardless of symptom patterns, severity, presumed biological vulnerability, or personal traits — occurs in an interpersonal context. Understanding and renegotiating the interpersonal context associated with the depression is important to the depressed person’s recovery and the prevention of possible further episodes. IPT is a brief (usually 12–16 weeks) weekly psychotherapeutic treatment developed for the ambulatory, nonbipolar, nonpsychotic depressed patient, focused on improving the quality of the depressed patient’s current interpersonal functioning. It is suitable for use, following training, by experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, or social workers. It can be used alone or in conjunction with pharmacologic approaches.


Depressed Patient Personality Disorder Maintenance Treatment Acute Treatment Interpersonal Psychotherapy 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Myrna M. Weissman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gerald L. Klerman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychiatryYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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