Therapy Focuses on the 'Here and Now' Rather Than Past Events
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) was first developed as a treatment of depression by Gerald Klerman, Myrna Weissman and colleagues.
The idea underlying the therapy is that depression usually occurs in a social and interpersonal context.
We do not live alone, our feelings affect others and others affect our feelings.
Our life circumstances tend to relate to the onset of our symptoms.
In the context of therapy, we try to learn to understand the relationship between our symptoms and what is currently going on in our life and to find ways of dealing with the interpersonal problems, and thereby reducing the symptoms of the depression.
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Publication information: Article title: Therapy Focuses on the 'Here and Now' Rather Than Past Events. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales). Publication date: February 27, 2006. Page number: 32. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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