Monthly Archives: July 2009

Prepregnancy Depressive Mood is a Risk Factor for Preterm Birth

There have been multiple studies suggesting that depression during pregnancy increases the risk for preterm labor.  Most studies do not attribute this increase in risk to antidepressant exposure, but to the effects of the depression itself.  The mechanism is believed to be related to increased levels of corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) which is triggered by stress.  Elevated levels of CRH have been shown to be a predictor of preterm birth. 

Mental Health Parity in Massachusetts

Recent changes expanded the scope of mental health parity in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which requires insurance companies to cover specified diagnoses on a “nondiscriminatory basis”. This means that copayments, deductibles, coinsurance, unit of service limits- such as hospital days and outpatient visits, and/or annual or lifetime maximums are no greater for mental disorders when compared to physical conditions.