NFL’s depression test: NFL players are getting it wrong — free
A new NFL study finds that more than half of the NFL players who have been diagnosed with depression are taking the test without realizing it.
The study, published online in the journal The American Journal of Psychiatry, analyzed data from more than 2,300 NFL players in the NFL’s regular season.
It found that more men than women reported taking the mental health test, but only about two-thirds of the players in this study had been diagnosed.
In the general population, less than 10 percent of people with a diagnosed diagnosis of major depression took the test.
The findings have implications for how players and teams treat players with depression and other mental health issues.
They also highlight the challenges of using the tests in the NBA and the NFL.
“It’s important to understand the types of issues players are facing and the impact of depression on them,” said lead author J.P. Schumacher, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.
“This study highlights that many players are misdiagnosing their symptoms.”
Schumachers findings come as a surprise to the NFL, which has traditionally encouraged players to seek help for their mental health and even sought out the help of experts when players began taking the tests.
“The NFL is very much aware of the fact that these tests have become an issue in the league and the community,” Schumakers said.
“Our hope is that it’s a positive thing for everyone involved.”
The study also found that men and women are more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition that includes depression than are people of other races and ethnicities.
Researchers found that the most common mental health diagnosis in NFL players was a mental illness including depression.
Men were more likely than women to be found to be experiencing symptoms of depression, but they also were more than twice as likely to report being diagnosed with PTSD, which is defined as a persistent pattern of negative thoughts and feelings.
The researchers also found a statistically significant link between depression and suicide attempts.
In NFL players, the most commonly reported suicide attempt was suicide attempts with a firearm, which was about one-third more common than other types of suicide attempts in the general U.S. population.
In addition to the physical symptoms, athletes were also more likely in the study to have had a history of alcohol use disorder or a drug use disorder, substance abuse or a mental disorder, or had been on psychiatric medication in the previous 12 months.
“We’re not sure what the underlying mechanism is,” Schumsberger said.
He noted that depression can be a complex condition that often starts in childhood and progresses to adulthood.
Other research suggests that the NFL is not the only sport to see a spike in depression symptoms.
Researchers have found that in some college sports, depression is also on the rise.
But the NFL and other professional sports teams in the U.K. have not made depression an issue.
The National Football League said it is working to educate players about mental health.
“The National Football Association has been actively involved in supporting and promoting the wellbeing of its players and coaches since day one of its existence,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
“We know from our own experience that depression affects every one of us and we are committed to working to make mental health an integral part of every player’s and coach’s journey.”
The NFL, though, is not alone in trying to address the mental illness and suicide rates in its players.
In August, the NCAA announced that it would implement a new concussion policy to prevent players from playing with head injuries for up to four years.
The policy requires coaches to report all players who suffer concussions to the school.
The NCAA said it expects to take steps to address depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder among its athletes by the end of the year.
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