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(p. 64) Role Transitions 

(p. 64) Role Transitions
(p. 64) Role Transitions

Myrna M. Weissman

, John C. Markowitz

, and Gerald L. Klerman

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date: 02 April 2020

Depression associated with role transitions occurs when a person has difficulty coping with a life change that affects her mood and requires different behavior or modifications in one or more close relationships. This chapter includes the definition of role transitions and outlines the goals and strategies for IPT therapists working with this problem area. The aims of treating depression associated with a role transition are to understand what it means to the patient: what the patient has lost, what the new situation demands, what might be gained, what expectations the person and others have in relation to that change, and how capable the person feels of meeting them. Depressed patients tend to exaggerate the benefits of the old situation while minimizing the negatives. Developing new skills is an important part of the transition recovery process. Case examples are included.

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