SALT LAKE CITY — Dr. Robert Stern, one of the world’s foremost scholars on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the brain condition connected to repeated blows to the head, sat in his office at Boston University across from former football player Larry Carr and asked him a question.

“How often do you think about suicide?”

As Carr’s wife, Laurie, looked on, he answered painfully and truthfully.

“Every day,” he said. “I think about it every day.”

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The Carrs had their name tags on — Sister Laurie Carr and Elder Larry Carr, 60-something senior missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They had been sent to Boston in October 2016, about a year before the meeting with Dr. Stern. They had six months to go.

Six months too many.

The hope was that the mission would elevate Larry’s mood — via the magic of service — but as time wore on he only became more agitated, more paranoid, more angry. In the little apartment they shared, tensions were suffocating.

It was nothing Laurie hadn’t seen before. When Larry was in his 40s she first began to notice “something weird was going on with him.” His temper grew shorter, he felt people were out …read more

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