Can Concussions Lead to Mental Disabilities?

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Could numerous head injuries such as concussions or lesions to the head lead to mental disabilities like mental retardation schizophrenia and other behavioral disorders? Although schizophrenia has many other underlying causes that may be unknown by some psychologist that are still trying to further understand this disease. But could it be that a concussion may cause an increased risk to athletes in high contact sports such as hockey rugby and football?
“As with many mental disorders, the causes of schizophrenia are poorly understood. Friends and family commonly are shocked, afraid or angry when they learn of the diagnosis. People often imagine a person with schizophrenia as being more violent or out-of-control than a person who has another kind of serious mental illness. But these kinds of prejudices and misperceptions can be readily corrected (Physical Central, 2013)”. These are just some of the common misconceptions about this tragic disease. One of the best ways to describe this disease is as a “split mind” where literally the person feels as if they are in an unrealistic world that is real to them like a hallucination. “Family, twin, and adoption studies support the role of genetic influences in schizophrenia. Immediate biological relatives of people with schizophrenia have about 10 times greater risk than that of the general population. Given prevalence estimates, this translates into a 5 to 10 percent lifetime risk for first-degree relatives (including children and

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