Head trauma, depression link seen by Norwalk mother

A Norwalk mother whose teenage son was seriously hurt while playing football last year says she was not surprised by the National Institute of Health

A new report has linked chronic concussions and suicidal depression.

A new report has linked chronic concussions and suicidal depression. (1/10/13)

NORWALK - A Norwalk mother whose teenage son was seriously hurt while playing football last year says she was not surprised by the National Institute of Health (NIH) report linking suicidal depression and head trauma.

The NIH study released today said former NFL star Junior Seau's brain had abnormalities consistent with a disease known as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). He committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest last year.

Trey Newcomb, 15, suffered a severe concussion while playing football for Bryan McMahon High School in Norwalk. He has suffered from severe depression in the months since his injury.

News 12 Connecticut spoke with Dr. Daniel Amen, who says he saw the link years ago between chronic concussions and suicidal depression. Trey's mother hopes the report will raise worldwide awareness.

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