As parents we unknowingly allow our children to engage in sports that often prove dangerous and can steal a life prematurely. The problem is we do not know how many children are dealing with depression which could be linked to a traumatic brain injury. It is time for us to talk more about this profoundly serious issue, encephalopathy.
Justin trained hard and fought many fights from age 14-16. We were so proud of him. Unfortunately, we were totally unaware of the dangers of his receiving more, and more trauma to his brain. This video was Justin's last fight. A young man who once enjoyed cleaning his room to Gospel Rap was now being sucked into a very toxic hip-hop nation. Shortly after this fight, Justin changed forever.
Over time, the kind, caring, yet shy Justin became even more withdrawn and less communicative. Around the house he maintained a pleasant personality but outside of the house he exhibited signs of paranoia. His family watched as he became extremely depressed. He stopped caring about his hygiene. By 19, he had fallen into a horrible addiction to a mind altering drug called the dipper. By 22, Justin's life spiraled out of control as he fell through the cracks of a very broken judicial system. Although he had no felonies, he was sent into a Maximum Security Mental Health Facility in Petersburg, Virginia. Sadly, Justin was murdered on February 27, 2010 in that institution.
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It was a rude awakening for this family to come into the knowledge that what happened to their child could have been avoided, had information about Traumatic Brain Injuries been more common knowledge. Justin was a beautiful soul who suffered greatly in his young life, but it does not have to be in vain. If this information helps one family to become aware of this very present danger, we have met our goal. To have Dr. Denise Wilkins come an speak at your next event Click Here. Thank you for taking the time to visit this page. God Bless
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries. Justin suffered from repeated head injuries.
Symptoms include behavioral problems, mood problems, and problems with thinking. Symptoms typically do not begin until years after the injuries. CTE often gets worse over time and can result in dementia.
The symptoms of CTE also includes memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, anxiety, suicidality, parkinsonism, and, eventually, progressive dementia.