Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a degenerative brain disease most famous for its association with football players. It is experienced after frequent or repetitive blows to the head, which cause damage to nerve fibers, releasing proteins in the brain that kill the cells that assist emotion and critical thinking. It has only ever been diagnosed after death and preventive measures are hard to subscribe. It is most often found in athletes and soldiers who undergo head trauma on a regular basis.
First discovered in the 30s when boxers began to show signs of unraveling mental stability, chronic traumatic encephalopathy has recently been pinned down as a three-stage process. At first, the subject experiences intense mental disturbances and symptoms of psychosis. In stage two, the individual begins to behave erratically, suffers from mental loss and often displays the usual symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as difficulty staying balanced. The final stage results in speech disorders and dementia. Slowed movements, tremors and difficulty in concentration are also often experienced.
The disease remains something of a mystery, as research has yet to answer many important questions. This is mostly because nobody living has yet been diagnosed. It is still unclear how severe repeated concussions must be to cause the illness or how unique or general the symptoms might be. It is also not known how long after head trauma occurs that it strikes. One thing that is certain is that the occasional cranial blow is not enough to cause the illness. It is caused by violently repetitive head injury and it can cause long-term mental illness and suffering.
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