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In the Aftermath of the Pandemic Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD


  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780197554500
  • Year: 2021
  • Pages: 144

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In the Aftermath of the Pandemic is an accessible treatment manual enabling psychotherapists to use Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) to address the psychological consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and other large-scale disasters. Well-studied and time-limited, IPT has demonstrated efficacy in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). IPT helps people to mobilize social support, to process and take control of environmental stressors, relieving symptoms. As such it appears an excellent intervention for the wave of psychiatric problems accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic. The book describes IPT techniques and focuses on treating the disaster’s major outcomes-depression, PTSD, and anxiety-illustrating their treatment with multiple detailed case examples drawn from actual clinical presentations from the pandemic. The book also addresses the sudden shift from in-person to remote tele-therapy, and includes a novel COVID Behavioral Checklist of psychological risk factors. Dr. John Markowitz, a leading IPT expert, explains the psychological impacts of disasters like COVID-19 and the particular usefulness of IPT in addressing them, making this a crucial text for clinicians looking to address the psychiatric crisis the pandemic has wrought.

  • Adapts the IPT approach to the setting of an ongoing disaster, offering quick, evidence-based responses to the psychiatric consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD
  • Describes the shift from in-person to remote therapy, and suggests solutions for the challenges of tele-therapy
  • Addresses specific clinical issues that arise in the context of the pandemic, and provides specialized tools for handling them