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Teen Concussions Raise Risk for Depression


Teen Concussions Raise Risk for Depression
Psych Central
January 19, 2014

Teens with a history of concussion — the most common type of traumatic brain injury — are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression versus teens who have never had one, according to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Many teens experience concussions through sports injuries or accidents; however, most research on the psychological effects of concussions has focused on adults, and less is known about the long-term complications in young people. “In our research, we’ve found that about 10 percent of the kids had a full depressive disorder or subclinical depressive disorder 6 months after a concussion,” said Jeffrey Max, M.D., a psychiatrist who specializes in psychiatric outcomes of traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents at the University of California, San Diego.

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Keywords: teen, concussion, depression, sports, injuries, brain, injury

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