Teens' concussions increase risk of suicide attempts
Nobody likes to talk about suicide, especially when it comes to youth. But a new study has found some important statistics about teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion.
According to researchers at St. Michael's Hospital, these teens are at "significantly greater odds" of:
1. attempting suicide
2. being bullied
3. engaging in high-risk behaviors
4. becoming a bully
5. having sough counseling through a crisis helpline
6. having been prescribed meds for depression, anxiety or both
7. damaging property
8. taking a car without permission
9. selling pot or hashish
10. running away from home
11. setting a fire
12. getting into a fight at school
13. carrying or being threatened by a weapon
14. breaking and entering
Part of the problem is that TBIs can make mental health and behavioral problems worse.
Just look at the issues with retired NFL players and CTE. Many are having mental health issues and several have commited suicide.
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