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Brain Injury Books

Below you will find some of the best brain injury books available today by survivors, caregivers, and members of the professional community. If you would like to recommend a book, please contact us with your suggestion. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries: 101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Hard Work

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries: 101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Hard Work

Brain Injury Survival Kit: 365 Tips, Tools & Tricks to Deal with Cognitive Function Loss 

Millions of people sustain a brain injury each year in the United States. Add to that the number of returning veterans with a brain injury and the numbers are staggering. The Brain Injury Survival Kit: 365 Tips, Tools & Tricks to Deal with Cognitive Function Loss aims to give brain injury survivors, their families, and loved ones the strategies they need to improve brain function and quality of life. The book is a compendium of tips, techniques, and life-task shortcuts.

To Root & To Rise: Accepting Brain Injury

An inspiring, interactive book and workbook to help brain injury survivors and caregivers navigate grief and loss, find their strengths and move forward with a changed life.  As a brain injury survivor herself, author Carole Starr knows the depth of grief and loss of self that accompany brain injury, the challenge of coping with symptoms that are misunderstood by many and the peace that can come from accepting a new life and a new self. 

Metamorphosis, Surviving Brain Injury

At first glance, you might be tempted to think this is simply a book about recovering from a traumatic life experience, but it is so much more. A real-life tale with unexpected twists and turns, chance meetings that will inspire and amaze you, it is the story of true triumph and victory of the human spirit.It is a story about the ability to overcome insurmountable odds with dignity and tenacity and a splash of humor. Survivors and medical professionals alike will better understand what life is like after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.

Learning by Accident: A Caregiver's True Story of Fear, Family, and Hope

After her husband, Hugh, is hit by a car while riding his bicycle, Rosemary Rawlins is plunged into twelve months of marathon caregiving, without the promise of a positive outcome. She works herself to the point of exhaustion to bring her grievously injured husband—who suffered a traumatic brain injury, necessitating the removal of half his skull—back home and back to himself.

The Traumatized Brain: A Family Guide to Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior after Brain Injury (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)

In The Traumatized Brain, neuropsychiatrists Drs. Vani Rao and Sandeep Vaishnavi―experts in helping people heal after head trauma―explain how traumatic brain injury, whether mild, moderate, or severe, affects the brain. They advise readers on how emotional symptoms such as depression, anxiety, mania, and apathy can be treated; how behavioral symptoms such as psychosis, aggression, impulsivity, and sleep disturbances can be addressed; and how cognitive functions like attention, memory, executive functioning, and language can be improved.

101 Tips for Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury: Practical Advice for TBI Survivors, Caregivers, and Teacher

Kelly Bouldin Darmofal suffered a severe TBI in 1992; currently she holds a Masters in Special Education from Salem College, NC. Her memoir Lost In My Mind: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) tells her story of tragedy and triumph. Kelly will be teaching "TBI: An Overview for Educators" at Salem College. Kelly's "tips" were learned during two decades of recovery and perseverance.

Lost in My Mind: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury

Lost in My Mind is a stunning memoir describing Kelly Bouldin Darmofal's journey from adolescent girl to special education teacher, wife and mother -- despite severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Spanning three decades, Kelly's journey is unique in its focus on TBI education in America (or lack thereof). Kelly also abridges her mother's journals to describe forgotten experiences. She continues the narrative in her own humorous, poetic voice, describing a victim's relentless search for success, love, and acceptance -- while combating bureaucratic red tape, aphasia, bilateral hand impairment, and loss of memory.

Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury 

Mild traumatic brain injury is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed problems in the United States today. Symptoms can mimic those of a stroke, depression, or chronic fatigue syndrome. Authors Stoler and Hill offer clear information on the different types of brain injury, as well as the treatment options available.

Grief Diaries: Living with a Brain Injury

Part of the 5-star book series, Grief Diaries: Living with a Brain Injury features the journeys of men and women seeking to find hope and healing in the aftermath of acquired and traumatic brain injuries. Exploring the impact on daily life, the stories raise awareness and shed insight into life with a brain injury including sensory changes, social perceptions, the invisible challenges, emotional lability, and more.

I'll Carry the Fork!: Recovering a Life After Brain Injury

This is the long-awaited 3rd Edition!! Long an industry standard, I'll Carry the Fork! Recovering a Life After Brain Injury, has helped countless survivors, loved ones and professionals in the traumatic brain injury/stroke community. Kara Swanson's journey is one to learn from, to cheer and, even, to laugh with along the way. Her honesty and willingness to share her struggles and triumphs have been changing the lives of survivors and their loved ones for more than 20 years. 

Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life

Rebooting My Brain is the true story of what happens when you get yanked out of your life by a crisis -- and have to get back on the ride all over again. With refreshing candor, Maria Ross shares how the relentless pace of her life came to a screeching halt when an undetected brain aneurysm ruptured and nearly killed her. Along her stubborn road back to health, her resulting cognitive and emotional challenges forced her -- sometimes kicking and screaming -- to reframe her life, her work and her identity.

The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back 

In 1999, Clark Elliott suffered a concussion when his car was rear-ended. Overnight his life changed from that of a rising professor with a research career in artificial intelligence to a humbled man struggling to get through a single day.  Remarkably, Elliott kept detailed notes throughout his experience, from the moment of impact to the final stages of his recovery, astounding documentation that is the basis of this fascinating book. The Ghost in My Brain gives hope to the millions who suffer from head injuries each year, and provides a unique and informative window into the world’s most complex computational device: the human brain.

Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love

Abby Maslin shares an inspiring story of resilience and commitment in a deeply affecting new memoir. After her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury, the couple worked together as he recovered—and they learned to love again.  At the heart of Abby and TC's unique and captivating story are the universal truths that bind us all. This is a tale of living and loving wholeheartedly, learning to heal after profound grief, and choosing joy in the wake of tragedy.

Over My Head: A Doctor's Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out

Locked inside a brain-injured head looking out at a challenging world is the premise of this extraordinary autobiography. Over My Head is an inspiring story of how one woman comes to terms with the loss of her identity and the courageous steps (and hilarious missteps) she takes while learning to rebuild her life. The author, a 45-year-old doctor and clinical professor of medicine, describes the aftermath of a brain injury eleven years ago which stripped her of her beloved profession. For years she was deprived of her intellectual companionship and the ability to handle the simplest undertakings like shopping for groceries or sorting the mail.

Why Isn't My Brain Working?: A Revolutionary Understanding of Brain Decline and Effective Strategies to Recover Your Brain's Health

Losing your memory? Can't focus or concentrate? Do you have brain fog or tire easily? Have you lost your zest for life or motivation? Do people tell you this is all a normal part of aging? If so, your brain may be growing old too fast, or degenerating. Modern diets, a stressful lifestyle, and environmental toxins all take their toll on the brain. This doesn't just happen to seniors-brain disorders and degeneration are on the rise for young and old alike. The good news is the brain is extremely adaptable and wants to get well. You simply have to know how to feed and care for your brain.

Life After Brain Injury: Survivors' Stories (After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories)

This is the first book of its kind to include the personal accounts of people who have survived injury to the brain, along with professional therapists' reports of their progress through rehabilitation. The paintings and stories of survivors combine with experts' discussions of the theory and practice of brain injury rehabilitation to illustrate the ups and downs that survivors encounter in their journey from pre-injury status to insult and post-injury rehabilitation.

Brainlash: Maximize Your Recovery From Mild Brain Injury 

Brainlash provides the tools and facts to make the recovery process more intelligible-- and to support the wide range of people affected by MTBI. For patients, family members, physicians and other health care providers, attorneys, health insurance companies, employers and others, it covers options and services, health and vocational issues, medicolegal topics, psychological and emotional implications, and more!

TBI Purgatory: Comes After Being in TBI Hell

This is the follow-up book to TBI Hell, which was published in 2006. The author, Geo Gosling talks about life 14 years after sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury. Few, if any, books regarding brain injuries give a perspective of what life may be like 14 years after suffering a brain injury, this one does. It is a male's perspective who received a TBI at age 25 and is now 39 years old. It is also rather humorous in spots, as humor is, in Geo's opinion, the best way to deal with what life is like after suffering a TBI.

Brain Injury Advocates: The Emergence of the People with Acquired Brain Injury Human and Civil Rights Movement

In this groundbreaking book, tbi survivor advocate Sue Hultberg explores the lives, struggles, and issues of people with traumatic and other acquired brain injuries. She examines the origins of the acquired brain injury human and civil rights movement, and she presents an analysis of the key policy and priority agenda for people with brain injuries. She describes how individuals with brain injuries set out to engage in independent policy advocacy at the all-survivor Brain Injury Network. She also singles out some of the advocacy-related work of several dozen other brain injury survivors who work, write, or volunteer in and for the brain injury survivor community. 

Unthinkable: A Mother's Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph Through A Child's Traumatic Brain Injury

First shocked with horror and despair after her son's traumatic brain injury, Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie and her family grow to find hope, healing, and even greater love. Dixie's narrative of how she came to appreciate the simplest of things-when her son is able to blink his eyelids, lift his finger, utter a word-is powerfully moving. It will bring you into a realm where body, mind, and spirit are pushed to their limits. UNTHINKABLE is about perseverance, filled with universal lessons of struggle and triumph. Dixie follows each chapter of the harrowing journey with vital insights to assist others through their tragedies. 

Lost And Found: Recovering Your Spirit After A Concussion 

For years, Elizabeth Peirce struggled to put her life back together after a concussion. She searched for stories of real people recovering from head injuries and came up empty. This experience prompted her to write a book that would help others. Interwoven are the stories and voices of other concussion survivors and the health professionals who treat them. Combining five years of research and her own personal experience of this debilitating injury, this book recognizes and honours the mysteries of the brain and the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity. 

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science 

An astonishing new science called "neuroplasticity" is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed. From stroke patients learning to speak again to the remarkable case of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, The Brain That Changes Itself will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.

The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

 The New York Times–bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself presents astounding advances in the treatment of brain injury and illness. Now in an updated and expanded paperback edition.

Winner of the 2015 Gold Nautilus Book Award in Science & Cosmology

In his groundbreaking work The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge introduced readers to neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to change its own structure and function in response to activity and mental experience. Now his revolutionary new book shows how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works. The Brain’s Way of Healing describes natural, noninvasive avenues into the brain provided by the energy around us—in light, sound, vibration, and movement—that can awaken the brain’s own healing capacities without producing unpleasant side effects.

Making a Good Brain Great: The Amen Clinic Program for Achieving and Sustaining Optimal Mental Performance

Daniel Amen, M.D., one of the world’s foremost authorities on the brain, has news for you: your brain is involved in everything you do—learn to care for it properly, and you will be smarter, healthier, and happier in as little as 15 days!

You probably run, lift weights, or do yoga to keep your body in great shape; you put on sunscreen and lotions to protect your skin; but chances are you simply ignore your brain and trust it to do its job. People unknowingly endanger or injure their brains, stress them by working at a frenzied pace and not getting enough sleep, pollute them with caffeine, alcohol, and drugs, and deprive them of proper nutrients. Brain dysfunction is the number one reason people fail at school, work, and relationships. The brain is the organ of learning, working, and loving—the supercomputer that runs our lives. It’s very simple: when our brains work right, we work right—and when our brains have trouble, we have trouble in our lives.

Tearing Down the Wall

After a near-fatal car accident left her with a traumatic brain injury and a multitude of internal injuries, Sharon found - once she came out of her coma - that at the age of twenty-three, she needed to learn to walk, to speak, to listen, even to think...all over again. Already an acknowledged social introvert before her accident, Sharon soon discovered that it was too hard for people to look at her and hear her stumbling speech - reminders of the horrible difficulties she was enduring. 

Tearing Down the Wall is the moving and remarkable story of Sharon's re-learning every detail of how to live her life from day to day and of her relentless journey to once again find her place in the world, both socially and professionally.

A Beautiful Catastrophe

A Beautiful Catastrophe will give you honest expressions of one man's tireless journey from catastrophic life changes and pain to the welcome healing and love of a spiritual transformation.

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