Signs and Symptoms of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy):

My pops and I at the Panthers @ Falcons game. December 2016
  1. Difficulty thinking (cognitive impairment)- The frontal lobe is compromised after a concussion and has many effects on the brain. It can effect your ability to work through problems and situations. This can also deal with analyzing information and acting accordingly.
  2. impulsive behavior- Again, because of the effect on the frontal lobe your ability to react to a particular situation falters. This can cause someone to not think before they react to a stressful situation, when that’s not actually how you would react given time and space to think about the situation at hand.
  3. Depression or apathy- When your brain suffers a concussion  certain brain chemicals to fight depression and apathy may not function properly. The result is a detrimental effect on neurotransmitters.
  4. Short-term memory loss- Without your short term memory, you and others around you can become frustrated, and you lose your ability to function properly without it.
  5. Difficulty planning and carrying out tasks- One catastrophic effect of CTE is the functioning of your executive motor function skills. It may become difficult to find the motivation to do necessary work. As a result you may Instead choose instant gratification releases.
  6. Emotional instability- The inability to deal with emotions comes at the expense of trying to escape the present moment. It can become difficult to deal with emotions that surface because of damage to the brain.
  7. Substance/alcohol abuse- the inability to cope with changes in your life after football and as a result of head trauma can cause someone to rely on drugs and alcohol to help cope. This only masks the pain caused by changes, and these emotions will resurface unresolved.
  8. Suicidal thoughts or behavior- Unfortunately, suicidal thoughts are a result of repetitive head trauma and a symptom of CTE. There are many cases of football players committing suicide and an autopsy of their brain showing evidence of CTE.

Other suspected symptoms of CTE:

  • Irritability
  • Agression
  • Speech and language difficulties
  • Motor impairment, such as walking, tremor, loss of muscle movement, weakness or rigidity
  • Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Vision and focusing problems
  • Trouble with sense of smell (olfactory abnormalities)
  • Dementia

20 ways where meditation can help…

Meditate don’t medicate
  • Improved sleeping habits for more hours, deeper sleep- Meditation has long been known to help relax your mind and body. The result is a better ability to fall asleep. It also aids in getting deeper sleep.
  • Reduces blood pressure- Meditation reduces stress and cortisol levels. This naturally reduces blood pressure in the body.
  • Improves immune system- Meditation aids the body in fighting off particular diseases and sickness. It helps send signals from your brain to your body to help your body react.
  • Decrease in tension- Problems such as ulcers and headaches will subside.
  • improved breathing and heart rate- Meditation puts your body in a more relaxed state. This state will manifest into your day to day functions.
  • Elevated energy levels- The increase in a certain zest for life is undeniable for meditation practitioners. The level of rest your body receives aids in increased energy throughout your day.
  • Improves metabolism- Your metabolism has a positive influence from meditation.
  • Helps reduce substance abuse and reliance on alcohol- Meditation helps to deal with the present moment more fully. It helps you accept what is here and now, which is why people turn to drugs and alcohol. You are more able to recognize the impulse and deal with it accordingly.
  • Helps lose weight- A result of increased metabolism.
  • Produces more serotonin- A neurotransmitter which helps with feelings of well being and happiness. Meditation helps with the exchange of neurotransmitters in your brain.
  • Lowers cortisol level in brain. Cortisol is linked to stress, which is reduced with a regular meditation practice. Cortisol causes stress on the body which is linked to aging.
  • Reduce anxiety- Meditation relieves the impulse to escape the present moment, the cause of most cases of anxiety for people.
  • Lessens inflammatory disorders and asthma- Chronic inflammation can lead to many auto immune diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The body’s inflammatory response is heightened with a regular meditation practice.
  • Lessens muscle and joint pain- Meditation is linked to increase nerve health, and response to nerve stimulus.
  • Reduces aging- Less stress and anxiety in your life can reduce the effects of aging on your body.
  • Improved memory- Not only does meditation change brain patterns, but it promotes mental focus and cognitive performance.
  • More creativity and new ideas- With less mental chatter going on in your head, space opens up for creativity to flow and remain in a “flow state”.
  • Reduce genes linked to inflammation- Alsofound in gluten, causes auto immune diseases)
  • Helps us process emotions- even if they’re not surfacing but affecting us subconsciously
  • Changes in brain chemical makeup to protect against mental health conditions
  • improves concentration- The practice of a mindfulness based practice cultivates a strong practice in concentration which faucets over into your everyday life.

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