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Dr. Diane’s Book

The only resource you’ll need for Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury treatment and recovery!

Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury is the only book you'll need to understanding and living with mTBI.The book, Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, has been endorsed by the leading professional experts in the field such as, Dr. Robert C. Cantu, M.D., Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine and Dr. Douglas I. Katz, professor of neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, and medical director, Brain Injury Program, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital.

“Incorporating detailed information, practical suggestions and personal insights, Dr. Stoler has compiled a must-have encyclopedia for managing life after concussion”, praises Susan H. Connors, president and CEO, Brain Injury Association of America.

If you or a loved one have experienced a concussion or brain trauma and/or suffer from Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS), this is the book for you!  Easy-to-read and packed with information and practical suggestions on living with and overcoming the challenges associated with brain injury.

Sally Jessy Raphael's book review of Coping With Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury co-authored by Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler.

Every thirteen seconds, a concussion/mild traumatic brain injury happens somewhere in the world, whether it’s from an automobile accident assault, fall, blast injury, or sports collision. Unfortunately, many of those affected will suffer post concussion syndrome (PCS), which consists of chronic fatigue, headaches, depression, memory issues, sleep problems, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that can last for years. In Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Dr. Diane® sets out to cover every aspect of this often mystifying condition drawing from her personal experience as a brain injury survivor and her professional experience as a neuropsychologist and board certified health psychologist.

A must-read book review of Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury co-authored by Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler.

Using clear, easy-to-understand language, Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler and Barbara Albers Hill explain the most common physical, mental, and psychological symptoms of brain injury and offer practical suggestions for dealing with each problem.

Complete with traditional, complementary, and alternative treatment options, suggestions for overcoming obstacles, and advice on financial matters, Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury is a lifeline for patients, families, and other caregivers.

Are you tired of suffering?

Find Help, Hope and Answers in Dr. Diane’s newest book!

                                     TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword xv
Preface xvi
A Word About Brain Injury Labels xix
About This Book xxi
Part 1: Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: An Overview
Introduction 3
What Is a Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury? 5
Symptoms of Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury 16
Types of Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury 22
Leading Causes of Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) 32
Approaches to Treating Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) 54
Part 2: Physical Aspects
Preface: Symptoms of Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) 89
Introduction 91
Fatigue 93
Headaches 101
Sleep Disturbances 117
Dizziness and Imbalance 126
Vision and Light Sensitivity Problems 132
Hearing and Noise Problems 143
Muscular and Motor Problems 150
Sensory and Metabolic Problems 162
Chronic Pain and Post Traumatic Pain (PTP) 170
Sexual Problems 179
Post Traumatic Seizures (PTS) 189
Part 3: Mental Aspects
Introduction 203
Attention and Concentration Problems 205
Memory Problems 215
Problems with Reasoning, Planning, and Understanding 227
Speech and Language Problems 238
Academic Performance Problems 246
Part 4: Emotional Aspects
Introduction 255
Post-injury Psychological Reactions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 257
Alcohol, Drug, and Substance Abuse 266
Moods and Behavior 270
Psychiatric Disorders 278
Grieving 287
Part 5: Recovering
Introduction 297
Rehabilitation 299
Financial Issues 307
Living with Someone with Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) 321
Outcomes of Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury 328
Part 6: Future Innovations
Introduction 341
Advances in the Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury 343
Conclusion: On with Living Again 349
Glossary 351
Consult Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D. (Dr. Diane®) 367
Index 369

Excerpt from Part 1: An Overview

CHOOSING AN APPROACH TO TREATING POST CONCUSSION SYNDROME (PCS) can be a daunting challenge. Your primary care physician, (PCP) neurologist, sports medicine doctor, trainer, family member, or friends can offer advice, and you may spend hours on end searching the Internet for information and help. An added challenge is whether or not a definitive diagnosis can be made to pinpoint the cause of lingering symptoms that change your life for as long as they persist. You and your family will sense major differences in how you think and react, and it may soon become apparent that recovery will likely be a long, tedious process.

Fortunately, there are many different treatment approaches that may he helpful. In addition to a wide range of conventional medical therapies typically covered by insurance, such as medication and physical therapy, there are also complementary treatments…  (Chapter 6, page 54)

Excerpt from Part 3:  Mental Aspects

IT TAKES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF ENERGY to think  clearly.  Extensive periods of thinking and concentrating can cause mental fatigue under the best of circumstances, and will certainly do so in the aftermath of a concussion.  Often, a vicious cycle results as you struggle to remember something, discover that you cannot, and feel even more exhausted.

It is important to bear your new limitations in mind, but equally important not to let your symptoms defeat you. The following are some strategies that can help you register, store, and recall information more efficiently…. (Chapter 19, page 224)

 

Excerpt from Part 5:  Recovering

THERE ARE SEVERAL CONSISTENT STAGES IN THE RECOVERY OF CONCUSSION. During the first phase, your visible injuries heal enough to make you truly aware of the emotional and cognitive damage left by your concussion.  Often, you notice these changes only when you feel well enough to resume your daily routine and are faced with evidence that you may experience a jumble of feelings, including lack of awareness, denial, anger, depression, and grief. (See Chapters 23 and 27 for more about emotional reactions and grieving the loss of self.) (Chapter 31, page 329)