Premature birth linked to high risk of later psychosis

They were also more likely to be hospitalised as young adults with psychiatric disorders such as nonaffective psychosis, depressive disorder and bipolar affective disorder.

The Swedish population-based study looked at all births between 1973 and 1985.

It revealed that, compared with term births, babies born before 32 weeks’ gestation were 7.4 times more likely to have bipolar affective disorder, 2.5 times more likely to have nonaffective pyschosis and 2.9 times more likely to have depressive disorder. It also found births before 32 weeks were further associated with a threefold risk of eating disorders, and increased