The untold devastation of concussions: Eric Lindros speaks out in Maclean's

It's not just physical. Pro hockey players reveal for the first time their post-concussion battles with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. A Maclean's exclusive

• Big pain at the gas pumps
• Ban Francisco: the city that's banning everything

TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - Before there was Sidney Crosby, there was Eric Lindros. Both were hockey prodigies, both were Olympic Team Canada captains and both were hailed as the next Wayne Gretzky. And then, both fell victim to devastating concussions.

Maclean's associate editor Cathy Gulli spoke to Eric Lindros, who publicly reveals for the first time the anxiety and other psychological issues that resulted from his concussions. Among other symptoms, Lindros developed a paralyzing sense of dread at the very thought of public speaking or of being in a crowd—once routine activities for the sports superstar. Even after the physical symptoms of concussion were gone, the anxiety persisted.

The real, far-reaching effects of concussions have largely been an untold story in pro sports. Until now. Along with Lindros, several former pro hockey players are breaking the silence, revealing to Maclean's for the first time the anxiety, depression, isolation, broken relationships, loss of identity and even suicidal thoughts they experienced— and how they finally found a long road back to health.

Big pain at the gas pumps
It's not just drivers feeling the heat: The effects of volatile fuel prices are being felt in many sectors of the economy. A growing number of experts in the industry have come to the conclusion that excessive speculation by traders and investors, aided by ultra-low interest rates and easy money, is severely distorting the market. But, says senior writer Jason Kirby, high oil and fuel prices aren't necessarily what we should be most worried about. The real threat to the economy—to households and businesses alike—is the sheer unpredictability of energy costs, which affects the costs of so many other products and services, and threatens economic stability.

Whatever happens, don't expect the volatility to end any time soon.

Ban Sanfrisco
It's known for the picturesque Golden Gate Bridge, steep hills and charming architecture. Now, with the spate of recent bans placed on its citizens, San Francisco is adding another odd distinction to the city's attractions. In San Francisco, bans are a way of life. Some of the bans include plastic bags, sitting/lying on sidewalks, sugary soft drinks and bottled water sold on city property. The Happy Meal crackdown and a call to end circumcision are the latest proposed bans. Maclean's Vancouver bureau chief Ken MacQueen investigates.

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