A Preemptive Strike on Perinatal Depression

The debilitating symptoms of perinatal depression are dangerous to mothers and babies alike. But the condition can be prevented, a national panel has reported for the first time.

Certain types of counseling can help, and at-risk women should be sought out for these programs before their symptoms take hold, the JAMA report urged. Women who received cognitive behavioral therapy or interpersonal therapy were 39% less likely to develop perinatal depression.  

The recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force mean that insurers will have to cover those services under Obamacare—with no co-payments.

The New York Times

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