Premature Birth Linked to Adolescent Mood Issues


A new study suggests premature babies are at a higher risk for mood issues and other psychological challenges than full-term babies. The researchers, led by Professor Stephen Wood of the University of Melbourne in Australia, examined the results of ten separate studies evaluating the later mental health of premature babies. The findings revealed that those who were underweight or pre-term were more likely to develop mental health issues, such as depression and psychosis, in puberty. “’As more and more of these babies survive and their physical problems are combated, we are seeing an apparent increase in mood and anxiety disorders,” explains Professor Wood. “It would appear that the earlier a baby is born the more chance there is of problems of this nature occurring.”

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