Goals of IPT with Depression
A goal of IPT is to relieve acute depressive symptoms by helping the patient
to become more effective in dealing with those current interpersonal problems
that are associated with the onset of symptoms. Symptom relief begins with
educating the patient about depression—its nature, course, and prognosis, and the
various treatment alternatives. Following a complete diagnostic evaluation, the
patient is told that the vague and uncomfortable symptoms are part of a known
syndrome that has been well described, is understood, is relatively common,
responds to a variety of treatments, and has a good prognosis.

Psychopharmacological approaches may be used in conjunction with IPT to alleviate symptoms more rapidly.