When to See a Doctor

CTE develops over many years, sometimes long after repeated mild traumatic brain injury occurs. Sometimes symptoms can come on very quickly. Everyone is different.

Please see your doctor in case of the following:

  • Suicidal thoughts. People with CTE may be at increased risk of suicide. This can be a function of brain injury. If you have thoughts of hurting yourself, call 911, your local emergency number or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255). Your life matters. We know for a fact Patrick wishes he was still here. Don’t let your brain spiral out of control.
  • Head injury. See your doctor if you have had a head injury, even if you didn’t need emergency care. If your child has received a head injury that concerns you, call your child’s doctor immediately. Depending on the signs and symptoms, your doctor may recommend seeking immediate medical care.
  • Memory problems. See your doctor if you have concerns about your memory or other thinking (cognitive) or behavior problems.
  • Personality or mood changes. See your doctor if depression, anxiety, aggression or impulsivity occur.

The NFL also has a resource if you are in a crisis situation, The NFL Life Line. Though this service was created for NFL players and their families you are not required to give personal information and they may be more tuned in to sports/football head injury and problems. 

       The crisis line is 800-506-0078 or you can chat online:    http://nfllifeline.org/support/     

For information on physicians in your area who work with those suffering from brain trauma or to find a support group, please contact your local Brain Injury Association. State and local branches of the Brain Injury Association can be found here:


(The National Resource Line is 1-800-444-6443)

Brain Injury Association of California
Mailing Address:
3501 Mall View Rd., Suite 115 – Box 397
Bakersfield, CA  93306
Tel: (661) 872-4903
Fax: (661) 873-2508

National Brain Injury Information Center (NBIIC)

(800) 444-6443

Nahrain Antonaros
Outreach Manager
Direct: (661) 872-4903



Oregon Brain Injury Resources 2016 (1)

The Pennsylvania Brain Injury Help Line is 1-866-412-4755

The Brain Injury Alliance also has help in many states:

Arizona: http://biaaz.org/

Colorado: http://biacolorado.org/

Connecticut: http://www.biact.org/

Idaho: http://www.biaid.org/


Minnesota: http://www.braininjurymn.org/

Montana: http://biamt.org/

Nebraska: http://biane.org/

New Jersey: http://bianj.org/

New Mexico: https://braininjurynm.org/

Oklahoma: http://www.braininjuryoklahoma.org/

Texas: http://texasbia.org

Utah: http://biau.org

Washington: http://biawa.org/

Wisconsin: http://biaw.org/

Wyoming: http://www.wybia.org/

Ontario, Canada:


Also : the CLF Connection to a Concussion Specialists near you…

CLF Concussion Clinics: http://www.concussionclinics.org/

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator


The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a voluntary national certification program for both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.

A complete current listing of ACBIS Certificants

as of January 1, 2016, can be found here


This site is for those in the United Kingdom


Please also see:

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