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.
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
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