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Treatment of Postpartum Depression With Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Scott Stuart, MD; Michael W. O'Hara, PhD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1995;52(1):75-76. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1995.03950130075009.
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In the past decade, psychotherapy researchers have focused on the use of short-term manualized psychosocial treatments for a number of psychiatric disorders and have emphasized empirical treatment trials that have demonstrated the efficacy of a number of psychotherapeutic treatments. There has been a growing appreciation that psychotherapeutic treatment must be tailored to specific disorders and that it must be carefully matched to the characteristics of individual patients as well.1 Pressure to reduce health care costs and the appearance of newer psychopharmacologic agents with less toxic side effects, however, have led to an emphasis on the use of psychotherapy for conditions for which there are as yet no effective medications (eg, the use of cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal psychotherapy [IPT] for eating disorders2,3) or for conditions for which medication is relatively contraindicated, such as the use of IPT for conditions such as depression in geriatric patients4,5 and in pregnant


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