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(p. 193) Trauma- and Stress-Related Disorders 

(p. 193) Trauma- and Stress-Related Disorders
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(p. 193) Trauma- and Stress-Related Disorders
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Myrna M. Weissman

, John C. Markowitz

, and Gerald L. Klerman

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190662592.003.0022
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date: 06 April 2020

This chapter covers the use of IPT for patients with trauma- and stress-related disorders, namely posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and adjustment disorders. Psychotherapies for PTSD have almost invariably focused on exposing patients to reminders of past traumas, but some patients refuse or cannot tolerate this approach. In contrast, IPT focuses not on the traumatic event but rather on its devastating interpersonal consequences. In IPT patients are not asked to confront and reconstruct the trauma but rather to improve how they handle their daily social interactions. The limited research on IPT for PTSD has had exciting outcomes. Use of IPT in this area is still new, however, and more research is needed to understand its efficacy in veterans and other traumatized populations.

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