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(p. 121) Peripartum Depression: Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Postpartum, Infertility 

(p. 121) Peripartum Depression: Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Postpartum, Infertility
(p. 121) Peripartum Depression: Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Postpartum, Infertility

Myrna M. Weissman

, John C. Markowitz

, and Gerald L. Klerman

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date: 18 January 2021

IPT is based on the hypothesis that patients who experience social disruptions face an increased risk for depression. Thus, IPT is an interesting potential treatment for addressing symptoms that develop during the perinatal period. This chapter covers the use of IPT during pregnancy, miscarriage, the postpartum period, and infertility treatment. Adequate treatment of depression is important for the health not only of the mother but of the infant and other children in the family. IPT adaptations that have been proposed for use in these settings are reviewed. Research studies on the use of IPT during pregnancy and the postpartum period are summarized. The usual problem areas of the IPT framework (grief, role disputes, role transitions, and deficits) aptly apply to pregnancy, miscarriage, postpartum depression, and depression associated with infertility, with a fifth one (complicated pregnancy) added.

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