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Sante Ment Que. 2008 Autumn;33(2):87-104.

[The treatment of postpartum depression with interpersonal psychotherapy and interpersonal counseling].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Université de l'Iowa, Iowa Depression and Clinical Research Center, départements de psychiatrie et de psychologie, Iowa City, USA.


Perinatal depression is a prevalent disorder with a high degree of morbidity for both mother and infant. There are now empirically validated treatments for both postpartum depression and depression during pregnancy. Among these is Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), which has been shown to be effective for postpartum depression across the spectrum of mild to severe depression. In fact, the limited evidence of efficacy for medication and concern about medication side effects have led some to suggest that IPT should be the first line treatment for depressed breastfeeding women. There are similar concerns about medication usage during pregnancy. Recent clinical and research experience also suggest that Interpersonal Counseling (IPC) may be effective for selected postpartum women as well. IPC, an abbreviated form of IPT, appears to be effective for mild to moderate depression, and has the potential advantage of being more amenable to delivery in primary care or OB settings.

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