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The traumatized brain : a family guide to understanding mood, memory, and behavior after brain injury

by Rao, Vani, 1958-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction RC387.5.R36 2015
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Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 617.481 RAO 2015
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A traumatic brain injury is a life-changing event, affecting an individual's lifestyle, ability to work, relationships--even personality. Whatever caused it--car crash, work accident, sports injury, domestic violence, combat--a severe blow to the head results in acute and, often, lasting symptoms. People with brain injury benefit from understanding, patience, and assistance in recovering their bearings and functioning to their full abilities.

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. They also discuss headaches, seizures, vision problems, and other neurological symptoms of traumatic brain injury.

By stressing that symptoms are real and are directly related to the trauma, Rao and Vaishnavi hope to restore dignity to people with traumatic brain injury and encourage them to ask for help. Each chapter incorporates case studies and suggestions for appropriate medications, counseling, and other treatments and ends with targeted tips for coping. The book also includes a useful glossary, a list of resources, and suggestions for further reading.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Neuropsychiatrists Rao and Vaishnavi authoritatively explain how traumatic injuries hurt the brain (a lot). Better yet, they talk about how families can handle behavior changes, memory problems, sleep disturbances, and other complications caused by car accidents, falls, battle injuries, and blows to the head during sports. Emotional support from family and friends helps injured people rest and may also help the brain recover. A regular schedule, with plenty of sleep, is important, too. The authors include many tips for people suffering from various issues (memory problems and apathy) and discuss potentially helpful medications and their side effects. This excellent guide provides essential information and great comfort and advice for families with loved ones who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. A healthy brain, after all, is priceless; it houses our sense of self and is in many ways the conductor, the maestro, coordinating the orchestra of the body. --Springen, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Johns Hopkins Press health book.
Subjects Brain damage -- Complications.
Brain damage -- Patients -- Rehabilitation.
Head -- Wounds and injuries -- Complications.
Head -- Wounds and injuries -- Patients -- Rehabilitation.
Publisher Baltimore :2015
Contributors Vaishnavi, Sandeep, 1973- author.
Language English
Description xiii, 201 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-189) and index.
ISBN 9781421417950
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