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(p. 47) Adapting IPT for PTSD 

(p. 47) Adapting IPT for PTSD
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(p. 47) Adapting IPT for PTSD
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John C. Markowitz

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190465599.003.0004
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date: 01 April 2020

This chapter reviews adaptations we made to IPT in order to treat patients with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In shifting from the standard model of IPT used for depression, changes included: (1) dealing with numbness through affective reattunement, (2) focusing on the interpersonal aftereffects of trauma rather than recounting traumatic events, (3) the deletion of the interpersonal focus of interpersonal deficits. Most aspects of IPT are retained, including mobilizing social supports, choosing an interpersonal focus, and the general structure of sessions and treatment. The chapter further provides an elaboration of attachment theory to explain why IPT might benefit patients with PTSD.

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