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Concussions and depression: What you need to know:

*Athletes who suffered from depression before a concussion are at higher risk after the injury. Because of this, you should have a discussion right away with your athlete, and the athlete’s doctor, about getting ahead of the curve, so to speak. They are more prone to fall in to a deep depression after getting hit.


*Concussions cause a temporary change in how the brain will work, so you may see, or experience, unusual behaviors. This is normal after a head injury, but should certainly be brought to the attention of a doctor if your athlete starts experiencing fear, anxiety and other signs of depression.


*While most people will recover from symptoms of a concussion in a few weeks, 20% or more take longer. Just because they’re ‘supposed’ to be better, doesn’t mean they are; and if they’re a teenager, they may try and hide their feelings. It’s very important to check in with them over the months following a concussion.


*Pay attention to warning signs, even if your athlete is a teenager who has never suffered from depression before. Don’t write it off as adolescence. It’s very important that they speak to a doctor and get treatment before the symptoms get worse. 


Depression, via a concussion, or another mean, is a serious medical issue. Losing interest in friends, studies, hobbies, sleeping a lot, not participating, not eating, making poor decisions, lashing out – all signs of depression. Please be aware! 


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