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The Traumatized Brain


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This book will challenge and encourage the reader. Whether an interested lay person, a caretaker, a family member, or a professional in the medical, nursing, or social work fields, readers will find this pioneering book a useful guide to the complexities of traumatic brain injury. -- From the Foreword by Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, coauthor of The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life The Traumatized Brain is a great resource for anyone with a loved one who has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Whether you're a caregiver, co-worker, friend, or survivor, this book is filled with useful information to help you understand and be prepared for the different symptoms of TBI and how TBI affects the brain. -- Amy Zellmer, writer, photographer, and TBI survivor

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Peter V. Rabins
Part I
1. The Inner Workings of the Brain
2. The Structure of the Brain
3. Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
4. Influences on Recovery after Traumatic Brain Injury
Part II
5. Depression
6. Anxiety
7. Mania
8. Apathy
Part III
9. Psychosis
10. Aggression
11. Impulsivity
12. Sleep Disturbances
Part IV
13. Attention
14. Memory
15. Executive Function
16. Language
Part V
17. Headaches
18. Seizures
19. Vision
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About the Author

Vani Rao, MBBS, MD, is an associate professor and the director of the Brain Injury Clinic and the Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD, is the director of the Neuropsychiatric Clinic at Carolina Partners. He is a neuropsychiatrist at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke University Medical Center, and is affiliated with Duke's Departments of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine.


We can thank Drs. Rao and Vaishnavi for this remarkable contribution to patients, families, and clinicians. Few professionals, doctors included, know how to deliver their highly informed knowledge and experience in ways that lay readers can comprehend and use. New York Journal of Books Individuals who have experienced a TBI, as well as their families, will find this book useful and comforting, both for its clear explanations and its clinical guidance. Library Journal The Traumatized Brain puts victims and their families back in command: rewiring the brain, reshaping behaviors, inspiring compassion, and restoring one's sense of self. An approachably human and effectively informative book on a complicated and painful injury. Johns Hopkins Magazine The Traumatized Brain remains a valuable resource for brain-injured clients and their caregivers, and it can help bridge the language reference gap between providers and patients. PsycCRITIQUES Authors Vani Rao and Sandeep Vaishnavi write with a sense of warmth and care that is certain to help those who want to learn more about a timely subject...very accessible for a wide range of readers and an excellent resource. American Reference Books Annual

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