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Did Mindy McCready’s brain injury kill her?

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Did Mindy McCready’s brain injury kill her?

There have been a lot of questions about country singer Mindy McCready's substance abuse and its association with her recent suicide. But the question we should be asking is: "Did Mindy McCready's brain injury kill her?"

 

Many people know about Mindy's violent relationship with the father of her oldest son, Billy McKnight. McKnight was arrested in 2005 on charges of attempted murder for beating and choking Mindy. Mindy suffered from seizures and she attributed her brain injury to the abuse by McKnight.

 

It seems as though every day there is another story about a man abusing his wife or girlfriend. But we rarely hear about the link between domestic violence and traumatic brain injury.

 

According to a 1999 study by Dr. Kathleen Monahan and Dr. Daniel O'Leary, more than 90 percent of all injuries secondary to domestic violence occur to the head, neck or face. Drs. Helene Jackson, Elizabeth Philip, et al., studied 53 women living in a domestic violence shelter in 1998 and found the women experienced five brain injuries in the prior year and almost 30 percent reported 10 injuries the prior year. In 2003, 99 battered women were studied by Dr. Eve Valera, who found 76 percent sustained at least one brain injury caused by their partner and 50 percent sustained multiple brain injuries.


In one study, individuals with a history of traumatic brain injury had significantly higher occurrence for psychiatric disorders and suicide attempts.

 

There are many ways the victims of domestic violence can sustain a brain injury: a blow to the head with an object, pushed against a wall or any other solid surface, punched in the face or head, strenuous shaking of the body, falling and hitting their head, being strangled, near drowning or being shot in the face or head.

 

The story of Mindy McCready highlights how brain injury is one of the most important public health crises facing our nation, from victims of domestic violence, to our heroes in the military to our school children on the football and soccer fields sustaining concussions.

 

Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for youth and young adults and we need to act immediately.
 

References and further information

The original article was produced by Foxnews.com.

 

To view the rest of this article, visit the Foxnews.com website.
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/02/19/did-mindy-mccreadys-brain-injury-kill-her/

 

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