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The Hidden Epidemic Post-Concussion Syndrome

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  • It leads to anxiety, personality changes, substance abuse, and suicidal depression. Considering the symptoms, it's easy to see how PCS, or post-concussion syndrome, could be the most under-diagnosed condition affecting young people today. Athletes in high-impact sports are the most at risk, but which other groups are vulnerable? What actions should be taken when the disorder is suspected? How can PCS be better addressed by medical and mental health professionals? This program explores all of those questions and more, with help from professional athletes like Johnny Damon and Matt Hasselbeck, well-known psychiatrist and brain specialist Daniel Amen, and an in-depth dramatized case study.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 17, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • Tragedy of Post-Concussion Syndrome (3:28) -- Athletes and Brain Injuries (4:10) -- Causes of Concussions (2:44) -- Damage to the Brain (3:33) -- Symptoms of Brain Injury (5:43) -- Depression and Suicide (2:19) -- Behavior Changes and Brain Injury (2:44) -- Genetic Connection to Depression (2:45) -- Troubled Teens (3:34) -- Suicide Prevention (2:08) -- Credits: 'The Hidden Epidemic: Post-Concussion Syndrome' (1:37) -- Credits: 'The Hidden Epidemic: Post-Concussion Syndrome' (1:37)
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