Depression is a significant public health problem and women of childbearing years have the highest risk. In fact, it has been referred to as the most significant mental health risk for this group across diverse cultures. Although treatment is widely available, too few are accurately diagnosed or receive proper care. Even less attention is directed toward improving the development of children of depressed caregivers. This is especially devastating given the negative consequences of depression for the health and welfare of both parent and child.
Therapists using Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression (IPT) work with adults and teens for 14 weeks, helping them identify their symptoms; understand how their various life relationships affect their depression and how it diminishes their ability to function normally. By learning to deal with personal problems and understand their relationship to the depression, clients develop better relationship and parenting skills and ways to avoid depressive episodes in the future.
Along with offering IPT as an individual therapy, it is also an integral part of our study of maternal depression in the Building Healthy Children and Inspiring Possibilities for Teens Projects.
Jody Todd Manly, Ph.D.
Special Thanks To Our Funders
The Monroe County Department of Human Services and The United Way of Greater Rochester