According to a study led by Air Force psychologist, Craig Bryan, soldiers who have suffered multiple concussions while on active duty are at a higher risk for committing suicide. Understanding the relationship between brain trauma and suicidal thoughts has become a more pressing issue in recent years as the rate of suicides among military personnel has doubled following the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A single concussion can cause short-term effects such as loss of consciousness, nausea, or dizziness, and the long-term effects may dramatically affect a person’s problem-solving skills or social abilities. For soldiers facing roadside bombs and other violent experiences on a daily basis overseas, the resulting effects of multiple concussions can be devastating.
Craig Bryan’s research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, included 157 military personnel and four civilian contractors with suspected concussion injuries. After assessing the statistical data collected from each subject, Bryan explained “All of a sudden the likelihood of being suicidal increased dramatically once you had the second head injury.”
While the result of Bryan’s research is not definitive, it leads scientists and medical professionals closer to understanding the long-term effects of multiple concussions, which can be used to treat veterans, as well as accident victims and athletes.
If you have suffered brain injuries due to someone else’s negligence in Massachusetts, call the Boston brain injury attorneys at Kiley Law group at 1-800-410-2769 for a no-cost consultation. Our team can help brain injury victims and their families understand the legal rights and options available to them.