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Interpersonal psychotherapy for eating disorders with co-morbid depression: A pilot study
Futurum: Academy for Health and Care, Region Jönköping County, Jönköping, Sweden; Department of Behavioural Research and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Örebro University Hospital. Faculty of Medicine and Health, University Health Care Research Center, Region Örebro County, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden; Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Psychotherapy, ISSN 1364-2537, E-ISSN 1469-5901, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 378-395Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Patients with eating disorders (ED) often suffer from co-morbid depression, which may complicate the ED treatment. Previous studies have found that ED interventions seem to have limited capacity to reduce depressive symptoms. Several studies of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), have found that when patients have been treated for depression, co-morbid symptoms have diminished. As depression and EDs are commonly co-occurring conditions, this pilot study aimed to examine the effect of an IPT treatment for these conditions, with the focus on the depressive symptoms.

Method: In this multi-centre study, 16 patients with EDs and co-occurring major depression received 16 weeks of depression-focused IPT.

Results: Significant improvements with substantial effect sizes were found for both depression (d = 1.48) and ED (d =.93). Symptom reduction in the two syndromes were strongly correlated (r = .625, p = .004). Patients with a restrictive ED did not improve on either depression or ED symptoms.

Conclusion: These findings point to the usefulness of IPT for concurrent depression and ED with a bingeing/purging symptomatology. Working with negative affect and problem-solving related to current interpersonal problems may alleviate general psychological distress among these patients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2017. Vol. 19, no 4, p. 378-395
Keyword [en]
IPT, interpersonal psychotherapy, depression, eating disorder, co-morbidity
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64421DOI: 10.1080/13642537.2017.1386226ISI: 000419521300004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85034612398OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-64421DiVA, id: diva2:1175904
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SwEat - Swedish Eating Disorder Register

Available from: 2018-01-19 Created: 2018-01-19 Last updated: 2018-06-05Bibliographically approved

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