Teens who have concussion face higher risk of self-harm, bullying

Global News

TORONTO – New Canadian research is shedding light on overlooked aspects of living with a concussion: on top of brain injuries, teens are also at a greater risk of attempting suicide, bullying or trying drugs.

They’re also more likely to rely on prescribed medication for anxiety or depression, according to a St. Michael’s Hospital study.

Teenage years are a turbulent time – suffering from a traumatic brain injury can worsen the situation, according to lead investigator Dr. Gabriela Ilie.

“These kids are falling through the cracks,” Ilie said. “These results show that preventable brain injuries and mental health and behavioural problems among teens continue to remain a blind spot in our culture,” she said.

READ MORE: One in five high school students suffered brain injury, study suggests

The study is based on data from one of the longest ongoing school surveys in the world – the Ontario Student Drug…

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