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.
“… one of the most comprehensive books on the subject of traumatic brain injury. With poignant personal insight, Dr. Stoler shares information on appropriate medicine, rehabilitation, …most importantly, the book provides guidance and inspiration for a new life after brain injury.”
“Diane Stoler has written a remarkable book. Her description of the neurologic, emotional, and psychological consequences of traumatic brain injury is encyclopedic, and will be instructive not only to survivors and their families, but also to every professional who works in the field…”
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.
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.
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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|A Word About Brain Injury Labels||xix|
|About This Book||xxi|
|Part 1: Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: An Overview|
|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|
|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|
|Post Traumatic Seizures (PTS)||189|
|Part 3: Mental Aspects|
|Attention and Concentration Problems||205|
|Problems with Reasoning, Planning, and Understanding||227|
|Speech and Language Problems||238|
|Academic Performance Problems||246|
|Part 4: Emotional Aspects|
|Post-injury Psychological Reactions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)||257|
|Alcohol, Drug, and Substance Abuse||266|
|Moods and Behavior||270|
|Part 5: Recovering|
|Living with Someone with Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS)||321|
|Outcomes of Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury||328|
|Part 6: Future Innovations|
|Advances in the Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury||343|
|Conclusion: On with Living Again||349|
|Consult Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D. (Dr. Diane®)||367|
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)