Results from a recent Canadian study suggests that even one concussion can triple a person’s risk for suicide. Researchers from the University of Toronto spent 20 years tracking 236,000 people who had suffered concussions.
The study team found that for every 100,000 people who received at least one concussion, 31 of them died by suicide. Victims who sustained an injury on a weekend as opposed to a weekday faced an even greater risk. Although it may seem as if there were not a high number of concussion patients who committed suicide, these numbers are still three times the rate of suicide deaths amount people who have never received a concussion.
Although results of the study are not definitive, they do support other studies which have come to the same conclusion regarding the increased suicide risks that concussion victims may face.
Even a mild concussion can have profound lasting effects on a victim. The average that patients who were being tracked killed themselves was approximately six years after they sustained the injury.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than three million people suffer a concussion every year. Immediate symptoms include headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, seizures, and coma.
Once recovered from the initial injury, many victims begin suffering from long-term effects, which can include concentration difficulties, intense aggression or anger, language issues, memory problems, or personality changes. Victims often have difficulty with problem solving, as well as planning and organization skills.
This is why it is so important to continue with periodic medical follow-up once a person as received a concussion – even if they believe they are okay. Addressing medical issues right away may help alleviate even more serious issues and identify a patient who may at risk of suicide like those patients in the study.
If you or someone you love has received a concussion or any other brain injury due to an accident, contact an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney to find out what legal action you may be able to proceed with for your pain and loss.