Study: Concussions Could Increase Risk of SuicideChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Feb 10, 2016 01:13 ET
The risks associated with a concussion have been in the spotlight of late, especially as the illness that is known as being a degenerative neurological illness call chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, has been diagnosed in a number of former NFL players following their deaths.
This degenerative disorder is thought to be linked with brain trauma, including the concussion.
A new study just published found that the concussion could also be tied to an increase in the risk over the long term of suicide. However, this recent study sheds more light on the way concussion, a common injury to the head, might impact an overall risk of suicide.
This study was published this week in Canada and it observed that the risk over the long term is about a 9 for every 100,000, says the study.
The rate of suicide in Ontario, Canada, where this study was performed, is 9 per 100,000. As a whole, in the United States the rate is approximately 12 for every 100,000, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.
The study gathered information on more than 235,100 people who had a concussion history over a period of 20 years, from 1992 through 2012.
In this group, eventually there were 667 suicides, which was equal to about 31 deaths for every 100,000 or three times the rate in the overall population as a whole.
Those suffering a concussion during the weekend had a risk that was higher of committing suicide, said the study.
The rate of suicide was 39 for every 100,000, or close to four times the rate of the rest of country s general population.
The authors of the study said that while the findings support research from the past on the way concussion can have a lasting effect the mood, behavior and physiology, they cautioned that more research was needed.
The study found as well that each additional blow to the head associated with more of an increased risk in suicide.
Study: Concussions Could Increase Risk of Suicide