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Single Concussion May Triple the Long-Term Risk of Suicide

A Single Concussion May Triple the Long-Term Risk of Suicide

As reported by Scientific American, recent studies reveal that concussions are now known to be much more serious injuries than once thought. New research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveals that even mild “ordinary” concussions may well be more detrimental than anyone anticipated; the study found that for individuals who have experienced even a single concussion, the long-term risk of adult suicide increases threefold.

The study further found that the risk increases by a third if the concussion is sustained on a weekend — suggesting that concussions arising out of recreation are more dangerous in the long-term than those sustained on the job. The researchers studied nearly a quarter of a million adults in Canada who were diagnosed with a mild concussion over a timespan of 20 years (excluding more severe cases that resulted in hospital visits) and tracked them for subsequent mortality due to suicide.

It turned out that more than 660 suicides occurred among these patients, equivalent to 31 deaths per 100,000 patients annually-three times the population norm. On average, suicide occurred almost six years after the concussion. This risk was found to be independent of demographics or previous psychiatric conditions, and it increased with additional concussions.

National Personal Injury Attorneys

Lieff Cabraser represents former professional football players and their spouses in a class action lawsuit for damages for the painful and debilitating injuries they suffered from repetitive head traumas during their careers in National Football League. The injuries include concussions and repeated head impacts, traumatic brain injuries, and latent neurodegenerative disorders and diseases.