Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a dangerous neurodegenerative disease linked with repeated concussions or brain trauma. It causes severe depression, memory loss, behavioral issues, and problems with extreme anger. Chances are you’ve heard of it being found in an increasing number of former football players.
CTE has become almost exclusively linked to football, though it has been found in athletes in sports like hockey and soccer. However, athletes aren’t the only ones being affected by the permanent brain disease. Experts are finding CTE in a shocking number of brains from former members of the military.
Since 9/11, it is estimated that over 300,000 soldiers have returned from their deployment with concussions. Through post-mortem autopsies, Dr. Ann McKee and colleagues have discovered many of these veterans may also have developed CTE from their trauma.
CBS’s 60 Minutes recently spoke with the family of one soldier who was diagnosed with CTE after his death and Dr. McKee to understand just how the brain disease can affect soldiers – and their loved ones. The exposé reveals that the NFL isn’t the only one with a “Concussion Crisis” or widespread issues with CTE. The military has it’s own CTE Crisis it will have to face.
Watch an excerpt of the report below, or view the entire story from 60 Minutes here.