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Book Review
May 2002

Comprehensive Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy

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by Myrna M. Weissman, MD, John C. Markowitz, MD, and Gerald L. Klerman, MD, 465 pp, $55, ISBN 0-465-09566-6, New York, NY, Basic Books, Inc, 2000.


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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(5):474-475. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.59.5.474

Weissman and colleagues have written a clear, easily digested, highly informative clinical guide to the use of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) with a variety of conditions. While building on the first "treatment manual" for IPT,1 the Comprehensive Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy both broadens and deepens readers' understanding of IPT. The authors provide the conceptual model and illustrate its application in the treatment of major depression, dysthymic disorder, adolescent depression, and nonmood conditions such as substance abuse and eating and anxiety disorders. They also provide a clear synopsis of the evidence supporting the use of IPT. Clinical vignettes usefully illustrate common clinical obstacles and opportunities to implement state-of-the-art IPT. This volume is highly relevant for psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health psychotherapy providers.

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