By Lisa Rapaport

March 10, 2017 

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Adults who were born prematurely at a very low birth weight may be more likely to experience mental health problems like depression and anxiety, a recent study suggests.

Researchers examined data from previously published studies of mental health in 747 adults who were underweight preemies and 1,512 who were full-term infants in five different countries. They found that former preemies reported more avoidant behaviors and more so-called "internalizing" issues like depression, anxiety, withdrawal and loneliness than adults who were full term infants.