BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A team of Canadian researchers has discovered that adults who have sustained multiple concussions during weekends are four times more likely to commit suicide. The team has concluded that multiple concussions might up the risk of suicide, regardless of demographic factors.
As astonishing as it might seem, there is indeed a major difference between concussions sustained during the working week and concussions sustained on a weekend. A team of scientists from the University of Toronto has discovered that male patients who suffered severe head trauma on a weekday are 3 times more likely to ponder over suicide.
It would seem that the risk of suicided increases when we take into account weekends. The team found out that adults are 4 times more likely to commit suicide on a weekend if they have sustained a concussion. Moreover, the risk of suicide increases with the number of concussions.
Also, when taking a closer look at the cases, the doctors have observed that most individual who committed suicide either during the week or on the weekend have scheduled an appointment with a psychiatrist.
In order to arrive at this mind-blowing conclusion, the medical researchers from the University of Toronto had to consult the medical records of over 230.000 patients. All the patients involved in this study sustained one or multiple concussions during their lifetime.
These medical records belonged to patients diagnosed and treated in Ontario between 1992 and 2012. The conclusion of the study was that multiple concussions might up the risk of suicide. Moreover, it would seem that the suicide risk was not altered by demographic factors or the patient’s background.
According to the said study, during a 9.3 years follow-up, approximately 667 patients diagnosed with one or more concussions committed suicide. Statistically speaking, 31 out of 100.000 decided to end their lives following the incident, or 0.29 percent. Moreover, the medical specialists involved in this study have also uncovered that patients who have sustained concussions during a weekday are 3 times more likely to commit suicide while those who sustained them during the weekend were 4 times more likely to end their lives.
Donald Redelmeier, a physician working at the Sunnybrook Research Institute, declared that severe and repeated concussions can affect our brain’s chemistry, making us more impulsive. The physician, who is also a researcher, also stated the fact that most concussions sustained on weekends are related to recreational mishaps, while those sustained during the week are work-related. This, in turn, might increase the severity of the self-blame effects, which, in time, can drive an individual towards committing suicide.