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(p. 69) Common Therapeutic Issues and Patient Questions 

(p. 69) Common Therapeutic Issues and Patient Questions
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(p. 69) Common Therapeutic Issues and Patient Questions
Author(s):

Myrna M. Weissman

, John C. Markowitz

, and Gerald L. Klerman

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195309416.003.0009
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date: 22 January 2021

This chapter discusses common therapeutic issues in interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), including personality, mobilizing the passive patient, the intellectualizing patient, focus, time limits, silence, technical issues, and comparisons with other treatments. It also outlines answers to common patient questions, such as ‘how does IPT work?’, ‘what credentials should my therapist have?’, ‘do I need a different treatment?’, ‘is my depression biological’, ‘can I give depression to my children’ and queries on punctuality, early termination of treatment, alcohol, and suicide.

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