In recent years there has been significant interest in the way that repeat brain injuries affect long-term personality and mental health issues. The focus has been most intense when it comes to athletic injuries. Many former NFL football players, for example, have faced serious problems after their retirement, presumably as a result of the head trauma they suffered during their playing days. Some of those injuries include mental health challenges, constant depressive thoughts, and, in some cases, suicide. Former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson and Chargers legend Junior Seau are two of the more high-profile examples.
If repeated head trauma caused by sports can lead to these sort of long-term issues, then is the same true in other contexts? That is a question being asked, surprisingly enough, in the wake of the tragic suicide of country music singer Mindy McCready.
Domestic Violence & Brain Injury