PREMATURE BIRTHS CAUSE PSYCHOLOGICAL AILMENTS

Almost half of all children with birth weights below 1500 […]

Almost half of all children with birth weights below 1500 grams suffer from psychological ailments by the age of 14. One in four has symptoms of ADHD, a neuropsychological condition, and many have anxiety symptoms. The results come from a study at NTNU and St. Olavs Hospital that included 56 premature children. “These children constitute a risk group and they need treatment, but only a small number of the children in the study received the support that they needed”, says child psychiatrist Marit Indedavik of the Department of Neuroscience, NTNU.