Managing treatment

Making no aetiological assumptions, IPT uses the connection between the onset of depressive symptoms and current interpersonal problems as a pragmatic treatment focus. IPT deals with current rather than past interpersonal relationships, focusing on the patient's immediate social context. The IPT therapist attempts to intervene in symptom formation and social dysfunction associated with depression, rather than addressing enduring aspects of personality. Personality is, in any case, hard to assess during an episode of an Axis I disorder such as depression.

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