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

ISBN : 9780197554500

John C. Markowitz
144 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Feb 2021
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  • 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

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.


Chapter 1. In the Aftermath of Upheaval
Chapter 2. How the Pandemic has Transformed Psychotherapy: Remote Treatment
Chapter 3. Interpersonal Psychotherapy: Life-Event-Based Therapy
Chapter 4. Life Crises: Grief, Role Disputes, Role Transitions
Chapter 5. Depression
Chapter 6. Posttraumatic Stress
Chapter 7. Anxiety and Other Distressing Symptoms
Chapter 8. Termination
Chapter 9. Dealing with Post-Catastrophe-Resilience

About the author: 

John C. Markowitz, MD received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and his psychiatric residency training at the Payne Whitney Clinic of Cornell University/New York Hospital in New York. He had the fortune to work with the two founders of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): the late Gerald L. Klerman, MD at Cornell, and Myrna M. Weissman, PhD at Columbia University. Currently, he is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and a Research Psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Markowitz has spent decades studying the effects of psychotherapies and medications in the treatment of depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder with funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and other foundations.

"John Markowitz, a renowned authority on Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), offers a clear and practical guide, showing how this common-sense, evidence-based psychotherapy can greatly alleviate anxiety, depression and PTSD, the most common psychological disturbances following major societal upheavals such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Health-care practitioners and policy planners will benefit from the wisdom, insights, strategies, and techniques in these pages." -- Joel Yager, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine

"An exceptionally insightful book on one of the major catastrophes to affect humankind, bringing IPT into the forefront of the psychological sequelae of this devastating crisis. The most helpful psychotherapy book so far on the pandemic." -- Peter Fonagy, OBE, FMedSci, FBA, PhD, Head, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London

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