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Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Autographed

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A Guide to Living with the Challenges Associated with Post Concussion Syndrome and Brain Trauma.

 

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Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide to Living with the Challenges Associated with Post Concussion Syndrome and Brain Trauma.

Authors: Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D., & Barbara Albers Hill Published by: Avery a member of Penguin Group, Inc, NY, USA

A comprehensive guide for improving memory, focus, and quality of life in the aftermath of a concussion.

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 Roberts Stoler, a neuropsychologis, practicing board-certified health and sports psychologist, and a multiple-concussion survivor herself, sets out to cover every aspect of this often mystifying condition. Using clear, easy-to-understand language, Dr. 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.

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 338
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
Reviews (17)

Reviews

  1. Gloria W

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    I had a bleeding aneurysm in 1990 and found the first book in 1997 that Diane Stoler wrote and it was a big help to me and also valid many of my problems that the doctors didn’t try to explained to me. I helped a nurse get the book to read and she told me, her doctors and physical therapist didn’t listen to her, but the book valid everything she been trying to tell them. The answer she and I got was, “It’s all in your head.” Right, we had damage in our heads that was causing the problems. I got this new edition, so I can see all the new advances in detecting brain damage. Since there is more emphasis on traumatic brain injuries, I find this book very informative and useful. I got one for my niece, after she got a concussion. Injuries doesn’t show up for weeks or months later.

    Glad Diane Stoler wrote her second book and since she also had concussions, she understand it as a patient and as a practicing psychologist. Good luck on her new book.

  2. Bill

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    Extremely informative and easy to read for the expert and novice. Makes TBI understandable and provides hope for the afflicted and the ones who support them.

  3. Linda, Vancouver Island, B.C. CA

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    I just wanted to thank you so much for your wonderful work. I have been working with people with ABI on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada since 1997 and I have been quoting you and loaning / recommending your book for well over 10 years. It is by far the best resource that I can give to people to help them to begin to normalize their experience, to understand their symptoms while acknowledging the strengths that remain as they adjust to their new lives – no matter the severity of the brain injury. I have quoted you in the grief and loss work that I do with ABI survivors and family members and your book has been a valuable resource as people transcend the experience of ABI and adjust to their rebuilt lives/selves.

    Over the years the books that I loan out gradually do not come back. In recent years there is a lot more information on the internet and many new books being published but I still find your book to be the best reference and the most “user friendly”. Since I just loaned out my last book and likely will not have this one returned I went online to purchase a few more and was thrilled to see your new book with even more information.

    You may not realize how far reaching your book has gone; helping those who do not have access to support groups or other resources, how many lives it has helped and you may never know how much you are appreciated. You have been a part of my life as a support to me in my work for many years now and I just wanted to make the time to let you know what a difference you make in the lives of others. People whom you will never see or hear from – but they are out there.

  4. Gail and Tony Pyle

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    We ordered your book over the weekend and it arrived yesterday. So fast!! I sat in bed this morning and cried as I read the very symptoms I had been experiencing since my fall last March 23. I’m not crazy and not alone. Doctors in the Atlanta area have been of no help so now armed with new knowledge I will set about finding someone to listen.

    I can’t wait to share your book with my husband who had a stroke of the cerebellum (at age 44) in June 1998 and has many of these maladies too. Both of our brains are drained tonight so Sat. we will talk. Friends and family affectionately call us the dizzies.

  5. Robert C. Cantu MD, FACS, FAANS, FACSM, Chairman Department of Surgery, Emerson Hospital, Concord MA, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University School of Medicine

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    A virtual encyclopedia of concussion and its many treatments.

  6. William P. Meehan III, MD Director, Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention & Sports Concussion Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital

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    Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury provides a thorough, detailed investigation into both the traditional medical and alternative hypotheses and treatments for concussive brain injury.

  7. Susan H. Connors, President/CEO Brain Injury Association of America

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    Incorporating detailed information, practical suggestions and personal insights, Dr. Stoler has compiled a must-have encyclopedia for managing life after concussion.

  8. Kate Reppucci

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    My name is Kate Reppucci. I am a massage therapy student, and subarachnoid hemorrhage survivor.
    I would like to tell you that your book, “Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury,” recommended to me by my speech language pathologist, has been an extremely important tool in my recovery. Thank you for all the work you do.

  9. Danielle

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    I was excited to have found a copy of this book. The author of this book has also undergone brain trauma so it’s neat to be able to get an expert perspective and a personal perspective at the same time. This book is not afraid of talking about the degrees of severity of brain trauma one can encounter, whereas mainstream and uninformed physicians prefer to glance over because it ends up being extensive work on their end to understand the underlying nuances and atypical symptoms.

    It does not take much to create mild brain trauma exposure and unfortunately it goes highly undiagnosed. Stoler provides anecdotal examples of different people’s exposure to head trauma, even her own. You may recognize yourself in one of these stories. She establishes a few chapters devoted to some of the symptoms of brain trauma (ie dizziness, headaches, fatigue, headaches, motor coordination, etc.). A few of the chapters she gives insights in what procedures/treatments to do to start recovery from such issues (changing diet, avoiding sensitive foods, specialists to see, supplements, etc.). She also provides great advice as far as coping mechanisms for the individual with MTBI.

    I think this is an excellent book for people who have just discovered they or someone they care for has mild traumatic brain injury. She even goes into a little bit about the legal aspects of it. Because of this, I think this is an excellent resource for physicians, lawyers, and people who may deal with individuals in car accidents, or rehab who may not have had such trauma themselves but will now get a sense of the life adjustments their client or patient may have been going through or need to make. I thank Stoler for providing literature that describes the medical and research applications for MTBI and also a more personal trial representation about what the individual with MTBI is going through.

    This book will provide an excellent starting point for the patient, but it will be up to the individual with MTBI to do extensive research into how their particular MTBI is manifesting. For the individual with MTBI, they will be happy to know that someone out there understand their situation.

  10. Gloria Wohlfeiler

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    This book saved my sanity when it first came out. When I had a brain aneurysm in 1990, I didn’t understand my disability until this book came out in 1997. I read about mal Petits seizures, which I was having. Later, had a paralyzing one. I was in an adaptive exercise class with a nurse, told her about it and ordered the book for her too. She cried and told me the book validates all her complaints to her doctor. She was still working at Stanford’s Hospital at the time. Her doctor, as well as my doctor said it was all in our heads. They didn’t understand it themselves. This book helped me to realize what was happening to me, as well as the nurse.

  11. Harold L Russell, PhD

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    Dear Terri and Brainmaster folks…
Very clear , very understandable for anyone who reads it, well organized. A lot of diverse information that is highly pertinent to anyone with mTBI problems or anyone treating people with those problems. I found it to be excellent and very much worth the money. Diane has said on another list serve that there is an updated version coming out this fall and I plan to buy that one,too, then. I think she does a beautiful job of explaining a complex topic so that it is easily understandable to anyone who reads it. I spent many years trying to teach psychology and psychiatry residents at UTMB to write with her kind of clarity and simplicity. Very few of them even approached her level. There are a lot of people out there who have suffered concussions and their long lasting effects who can easily identify those effects in themselves such as decreases in their multitasking abilities. I am glad you mentioned the “Timeless” book–I’ll look it up. If I get one good idea from a book, then I know I have more than gotten my money back.

  12. Kimberly Millhouse Alley

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    Your book actually helped my brother understand that he also suffers from brain injury from several incidents. He had a total of 3 times that he hit his head and passed out, all occurring in the 70′s or early 80′s. Nobody really understood about head injuries back then and he was just labeled as a problem. Thanks for making your book detailed but still easy to understand, even for someone who has such a hard time comprehending the written word.

  13. Willow

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    Thank you Diane Roberts Stoler ~~~ I think you saved my sanity. This book has it all ~ and much much more than I could read in the early days ~ but, I will continue to go back to parts ~ if for nothing else to reassure myself that this is normal and I will survive.

    I loved that she wrote conventional AND alternative healing ~ I started the Hemi-Sync and Binaural beats right away. I also started with the supplements and anti-inflammation diet in the early days. So VERY thankful I had this e-book as my doctor just didn’t get that I was dealing with so many issues.

  14. avid reader

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    It is difficult to find a book that explains post concussion syndrome and coping strategies for dealing with this complex condition so well. The information is current and the tips are very relevant and useful. The author uses real-life stories and situations people with mTBI can relate. Her resources and detailed explanations are excellent. This is a wonderful resource and a must read.

  15. Julie Rachford

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    Five stars. Great helpful book.

  16. Leigh Hollowell

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    good book. much needed to help the caregivers as well as the patient~

  17. Michael E. Martin

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    I bought this book with the intention of reading it from cover to cover. About 50 pages into it, I realized it was organized and written in such a manner that understanding any part of the 350 pages did not depend on having read the previous pages. That a good a thing, for many of the people who will read this book have experienced a concussion and will be focused on getting help with their specific PCS (post concussion syndrome) symptoms.

    Most chapters are organized in similar format, beginning with a case history that describes a particular condition associated with PCS. Readers who identify with the case will know they are going to read a chapter that is likely to offer some help. The chapter then continues with a description of the variations of the problem and its causes, diagnosis and assessment, and then treatment. The treatment portion is divided into 3 types: conventional, complimentary and alternative approaches. Chapters typically end with practical suggestions, i.e. things that people can do right away without the help of a physician or therapist.

    Considerable research went into writing this book and as a result, it probably provides more information and guidance than you might expect to get from your personal physician. Not to say that this book replaces talking to a physician, rather it is the first step toward selecting the right one(s). Let me use the analogy of buying a new car. Before you go to the dealer, you are best served by researching different cars on-line and seeing how they might match your needs. Then, armed with knowledge of the available models and your specific needs, you can select the right brand dealer and be ready to ask the detailed questions that will enable you to make the right decision. That is what this book does: give you the background information so that you head towards the right type of physician or therapist.

    Remember, many well intentioned therapists and physicians think they can help. Some may not be aware that someone else or another specialty could provide greater assistance. This book will help you explore alternatives and gain confidence in your ability to make the right decision for yourself.

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