Though previous studies have shown that concussions can hinder cognitive function, recent research shows that they can also increase suicidal tendencies in teens.
Lead study author Dr. Gabriela Ilie, a post-doctoral fellow at St. Michael’s Hospital, said he discovered that teens who suffered a traumatic brain injury, including a concussion, were at “significantly greater odds” of attempting suicide. They were also at an increased risk of being bully or engaging in different high-risk behaviors.
The study results showed that teens who had suffered from a concussion were more likely to engage in risky behaviors, including drug use, drinking and driving and potentially using a deadly weapon.
“These results show that preventable brain injuries and mental health and behavioral problems among teens continue to remain a blind spot in our culture,” Ilie said, via a press release. “These kids are falling through the cracks.”