Living Life Fully after Brain Injury

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Robert T. Fraser, Ph.D., CRC, Kurt L. Johnson, Ph.D., CRC, and Kathleen R. Bell, M.D., Editors

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Living Life Fully after Brain Injury: A workbook for survivors, families and caregivers

This workbook is designed as both a reference for in-depth clinical information as well as a hands-on tool for addressing the many challenges of living with a brain injury. As survivors, families and caregivers achieve new goals, encounter setbacks, and meet new challenges, this workbook provides information, strategies, tools, and checklists that will guide the reader through the next phase of recovery.

Twelve chapters discuss critical issues that most survivors, families and caregivers deal with at some stage in recovery after a brain injury. The workbook starts with helping readers understand what happens when the brain is injured and describes the complex medical issues involved for survival. As all families know, medical treatment comes at a cost, and there are many more hidden costs for families. A chapter on financial and health care concerns tackles the often confusing array of disability benefits, financial support, and health insurance. As survivors leave the hospital or rehabilitation setting, the chapter on neuropsychological assessment helps prepare them for returning home and reentering their community. Next is a chapter on the use of medications for the behavioral and emotional changes that often accompany a brain injury, with worksheets to help manage medications and to discuss treatment with your physician.

The next chapters address the changes in behaviors that are so often stressful, confusing and difficult to manage at home. Closely linked to this topic is a chapter on the emotional challenges, including depression and anxiety, that can affect both survivors and caregivers.

Next is a chapter on employment strategies and resources for survivors who are seeking a first time job or are considering returning to work. Closely linked to this is the next chapter on managing cognitive changes and fatigue in order to lead a more productive and fulfilling life.

For those readers with a child who has been injured, there is a special chapter on returning to school after brain injury that focuses on the critical transition to adult life.

The risks of alcohol and other drug use after brain injury are frankly discussed, as substances are too often used in attempts to fight depression, isolation, and other losses. The chapter on veterans discusses not only the consequences of blast injuries and brain trauma but also post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) as service members return home. Because so many survivors have found themselves socially isolated as time passes since their injury, the final chapter focuses on re-connecting with relationships and community activities.

As you can see from this list, the authors have addressed a wide range of topics and issues that survivors, families and caregivers have said are critical for their recovery.

ISBN# 9781931117609
Pages 211 pages plus USB with 46 worksheets and forms
Year 2011


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