A traumatic brain injury is a life-changing event,affecting an individual’s lifestyle, ability to work, family life—even personality. Whatever caused it—car crash, work accident, sports injury, domestic violence, combat—a severe blow to the head causes acute and, often, lasting symptoms. People with brain injury benefit from understanding and patience, as well as help in recovering their bearings and functioning to their full abilities. In The Traumatized Brain, neuropsychiatrists Drs. Vani Rao and Sandeep Vaishnavi—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 managed; 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 associated directly or indirectly 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.