Always Red (12-17-2013)
Cincinnati Reds 2014 W-L Record: 76.6-85.4*
Cincinnati Reds 2015 W-L Record: 75-87**
Wonderful Monds (12-17-2013)
Exactly as I stated and exactly contradictory to your obfuscation.Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a global health concern, and the recent literature reports that a single mild TBI can result in chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It has been suggested that CTE may lead to death by suicide, raising important prevention, treatment, and policy implications. Thus, we conducted a systematic review of the medical literature to answer the key question: What is the existing evidence in support of a relationship between CTE and suicide? Systematic searches of CTE and suicide yielded 85 unique abstracts. Seven articles were identified for full text review. Only two case series met inclusion criteria and included autopsies from 17 unique cases, 5 of whom died by suicide. Neither studies used blinding, control cases, or systematic data collection regarding TBI exposure and/or medical/neuropsychiatric history. The identified CTE literature revealed divergent opinions regarding neuropathological elements of CTE and heterogeneity regarding clinical manifestations. Overall quality of evidence regarding a relationship between CTE and suicide was rated as very low using Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation Working Group (GRADE) criteria. Further studies of higher quality and methodological rigor are needed to determine the existence and nature of any relationship between CTE and suicide.
Last edited by kpresidente; 12-17-2013 at 10:39 PM.
Last edited by kpresidente; 12-17-2013 at 10:38 PM.
All possible causes aside, the fact remains that he decided to put a gun to his head and pull the trigger.
I don't think mental illness can be the main cause for a person to do such a thing. It could have contributed, sure, but I think Freel was dealing with some major problems in his life.
My father suffered 4 concussions toward the end of his life (he fell down stairs several times). He was a chronic alcoholic who battled depression for years. He also owned several guns. As a young man he was incredibly intelligent, but when he died his brain was functioning incredibly poorly. He could barely keep a thought in his head, or tell a story. He died from a ruptured stomach ulcer.
I'm not saying my dad should have been an obvious case for suicide, I'm saying when people kill themselves it's a conscious decision. Freel chose to do what he did. Mental problems could have contributed to it, but I don't think they caused it.
The definition of "conscious" -- i.e., clear-thinking -- becomes very muddy. Does a soupy brain pull a trigger? Well, metaphorically, it can. It's hard for clear-thinking people to grasp, but the neurons in a damaged brain simply aren't functioning the same way that ours are. Their powers of logic are stunted and it's difficult for them to find multiple ways out of one situation. And the degree to which they are functioning varies from damaged brain to damaged brain.
I haven't read through this whole thread so I don't know if this has been referenced, but the best piece I've ever read on this subject was the New York Times' piece on Derek Boogaard a couple of years ago. It's very long -- with the videos and everything, it took me hours to get through -- but it's excellent. Totally changed my views on hockey.
edit: The article goes into great detail about what scientists found in Boogaard's brain and the implications of it, but this page has a short video displaying the mechanics of it.
Last edited by vaticanplum; 12-18-2013 at 03:24 PM.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
An interesting, sad read. Haven't seen this posted anywhere. Apologies if it has been.
When all is said and done more is said than done.
I hate that this story is being blindly lumped into the CTE pile after reading that article. Mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse and repeated brain trauma combined together? Combine that with the "withdraw" from the high he received from playing baseball. The guy was a ticking time bomb. There is little doubt in my mind that the CTE contributed to the deterioration of his mental health but this was far from a guy with stable mental health prior to the concussions.
Sad, sad story.
I'm trying to phrase this nicely, but Freel was battling demons with alcohol/anger issues/depression before he started running head first into things. I don't doubt CTE had an effect on him, but that wasn't the only battle he was fighting.
Always Red (12-19-2013)