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(p. 115) Dealing with Post-Catastrophe—Resilience 

(p. 115) Dealing with Post-Catastrophe—Resilience
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(p. 115) Dealing with Post-Catastrophe—Resilience
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John C. Markowitz

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10.1093/med-psych/9780197554500.003.0010
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date: 17 April 2021

This final chapter discusses the complex phenomenon of resilience: how some people weather the storm of crisis. It also describes the limitations of resilience and the importance of treating individuals who lack or lose it. A discussion of attachment as a factor relevant to IPT and to resilience suggests one mechanism through which IPT may benefit patients and impart resilience. Brief IPT may actually repair long-standing attachment difficulties, thus improving interpersonal comfort and functioning. The chapter also reviews the concept of post-traumatic growth in the context of the pandemic. Finally, it documents the uncertain situation in which we find ourselves at this juncture in the pandemic.

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