Family Medicine/Sports Medicine
Dr. Nancy Reid
Purpose: Concussion injury occurs most frequently in those under the age of 21. This age group also has a rising suicide rate, often without a mental health diagnosis. This paper reviews current literature as it relates to suicide ideation, attempt, and death by suicide after concussion injury in the adolescent population.
Methods: A literature review via Pubmed, focusing on the last 10 years was completed evaluating for both primary and secondary resources. Articles included the desired age group of adolescents 12-20 years old.
Discussion: Many studies have found a link between concussion injury and history of suicide ideation, attempts, and death by suicide. The estimated increased risk is up to two times higher for suicide with a concussion history. While causation cannot be determined directly, this statistical link provides a base for further research evaluating interventions to help better understand the role of mental health symptoms in concussion recovery.
Juri NJ. Suicidality in Adolescent Concussion. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2021; 3(1).
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