The Interpersonal Model

Part of the The Depressive Illness Series book series (DISS, volume 2)


As is well known, the field of psychiatry is divided into various theoretical schools—biological, psychoanalytic, behavioral, and interpersonal. Following upon the ideas of Kuhn, the author has interpreted these theoretical schools as competing paradigms. These paradigms define alternative approaches for understanding the nature of the mind in relationship to health and illness. Almost all of the paradigms approach the problem of depression in some manner, and differ in the extent to which they regard clinical depression as different from normal depressive mood; in the relative emphasis they give to social, biological, and developmental factors in the causation of mental illness; and even as to the validity of the concept of mental illness itself.


Depressed Patient Interpersonal Relation Depressed Mother Depressed Woman Interpersonal Psychotherapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryCornell University Medical College, Westchester DivisionWhite PlainsUSA
  2. 2.Payne Whitney ClinicNew YorkUSA

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