TBIs and Suicide
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What are the
long term consequences of a traumatic brain injury?
As medicine continues to advance, researchers are uncovering more troubling potential
Exploring the Link Between TBI and Suicide
In her book “A Call to Mind: A Study of Undiagnosed Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury,” Claire Galloway tells the story of her son Luke. At three years old, Luke was struck in the head by a swing. He was dazed from the injury, but as he showed no other signs, the physician recommended just 24 hours of home observation.
After the accident, Luke’s personality changed drastically. He went from an easy going and happy child to an anxious one. As he grew, more symptoms emerged. He would clench and shake his fists, which was later found to stem from mini seizures. He struggled in school. He became depressed. Finally, at the age of
TBIs Long Term
Each year, over 1.4 million people will suffer a traumatic brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vast majority of those who suffer a mild TBI will return to their baseline state within one year. At least five million TBI sufferers, however, currently have
Suicide is just one of the many potential