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Maintenance Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-M) 

Maintenance Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-M)
Maintenance Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-M)

Mark D Miller

, Ellen Frank

, and Jessica C Levenson

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date: 24 January 2021

Chapter 19 covers maintenance interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT-M), and that while effective psychotherapeutic and pharmacotherapeutic acute treatments for depression are well known, the problem of how to prevent relapse and recurrence has been a vexing one. It describes some of the studies designed to test the protective effects of maintenance pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy against relapse and recurrence, how with pharmacotherapy, judging long-term efficacy simply requires monitoring patients on a given dose of medication over time, but how psychotherapeutic interventions raise other issues. It covers IPT-M for late-life mood disorders, personality pathology, optimal frequency of IPT-M, research in this area, and a case example.

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