Originally Posted by Harry Johnson
I also have no doubt in my mind that the number of concussions this guy sustained contributed to his suicide.
What evidence do you have that would confirm this? Its just anecdotal.
I think there are some people who are pre-disposed, maybe from environmental factors or from hereditary factors to be deficient of some chemicals in the brain that can cause depression/suicide.
If it was the case, every single football player for the last 60 years would have committed suicide. Hell, even 10-20-30 years ago, kids as young as 10 years old were getting "bell rung" and told not to be a pussy about it and keep playing. All while vomiting, blacking out, etc.
No doubt that concussions are bad. But to link them to suicide, seems to be a convenient excuse for someone killing themselves.
im anecdotal in my evidence, but a few years ago i had a car wreck, not particularly rough, but clipped going through and instersection, spinning and hopping a low concrete wall and slamming the truck back down. No airbag deployment, no broken glass, nothing touched my head. But going to the doctor, going through my head injury history, and finding out as i counted up the incidences, that i got a "whiplash" type concussion just from my head slinging around, was an eye opening experience. Apparently, id had enough concussions that now they come easier to me.
TLDR: concussions are bad, but i dont think they are the end-all be-all excuse for someone killing themselves who had some when they were younger.