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Study finds almost half of homeless men had traumatic brain injury

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Traumatic brain injury -- from assault, sports and recreation, and accidents -- turns out to be a very common theme in homeless men's lives. Assault, car accidents, and falls seem to be frequently linked to excess drug and alcohol use... but the whole thing is a downward spiral.

Homelessness is not a conscious choice in many cases:

In men under age 40, falls from drug/alcohol blackouts were the most common cause of traumatic brain injury while assault was the most common in men over 40 years old.

Recognition that a TBI sustained in childhood or early teenage years could predispose someone to homelessness may challenge some assumptions that homelessness is a conscious choice made by these individuals, or just the result of their addictions or mental illness, said Dr. Topolovec-Vranic.

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