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Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Perinatal Mood/Anxiety Disorders

An evidence-based treatment for perinatal mood or anxiety disorder PMAD is Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). IPT is a time limited and manual specified psychotherapy developed initially for patients with major depressive disorder, and adapted for other disorders, such as perinatal depression and tested in clinical trials. It can be administered by trained mental health professionals, and can also be taught, with adaptations, to less trained health and mental health workers. (The CPI program is conducted by a licensed MFT.)  IPT is based on the idea that the symptoms of depression have multiple causes, and that the onset of symptoms usually is associated with a trigger in the patient’s current personal life. IPT helps the patient to identify and learn to cope with those personal problems and to understand their relationship to the onset of symptoms.

Accepted to the Portfolio: January 2014

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Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Improved maternal health
  • Improved infant health
  • Mother and infant successfully bond
  • Decreased substance abuse

Long Term Outcomes

  • Mother and child remain healthy
  • Child meets developmental milestone

Target Population


  • Early Childhood (0 - 5)
  • Adult (25 - 60)

Service Area


  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)
  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)