anxious and inattentive.
“The preterm behavioral phenotype has been described as anxious and inattentive, rather than hyperactive or disruptive, which may also mean that their cognitive difficulties may not be as readily visible in a classroom setting”
So, there’s a phenotype.
“Kenny, you’re always looking for a FOREST when a TOOTHPICK will do” a friend once said. I was “Very Preterm” which is similar to “Extremely Preterm” today. There’s a common phenotype for preterm population. Now I know.
This behavioural phenotype is also evidenced in the pattern of psychiatric disorders observed in EP cohorts, in which there is a significant excess of ADHD (typically symptoms of inattention rather than hyperactivity/impulsivity), emotional disorders (typically anxiety rather than depression) and ASD (typically problems with social interaction and communication).36 Notably, the excess of these disorders occurs in the absence of an increased risk for conduct disorders, a pattern that is also observed using behavioural rating scales.40 The international and temporal consistency in outcomes suggests that universal biological factors underlie the development of behavioural, social and emotional problems in this population