Brain Injury Survivors: Narratives of Rehabilitation and Healing

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"Although millions of people are affected each year by brain injuries, what it is like to live with these injuries is often misunderstood. Laura Lorenz delves into the experience of acquired brain injury (ABI) survivors to reveal how they make sense of their changed circumstances - and how social policies and medical expectations can enhance, or detract from, their quality of life." As she traces individual journeys on the road from diagnosis through rehabilitation, Lorenz evokes the reality of living with ABI. She also tackles the systemic problems undercutting the quality of current medical and social support. Moving beyond ABI, her work encourages a fresh approach to the patient-provider relationship for people with a wide range of disabilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588267283
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

1 Introduction 1

2 Acquired Brain Injury: What It Is and Why We Should Care 13

3 Learning from Brain Injury 31

4 Living with Frustration and Confusion 55

5 Encompassing Darkness and Light 83

6 Discovering a New Identity 115

7 Conclusion: Implications for Healing, Policy, and Future Research 147

List of Acronyms 167

Glossary 169

Notes 177

Bibliography 185

Index 197

About the Book 203

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    Wonderfully innovative and informative !

    “Incredibly important…. a must-read for people who care about brain injury. Lorenz provides a genuinely fresh way of allowing survivors to provide their own perspectives on life-change experience. This innovative and touching book will change the way we think about—and respond to—the experience of brain injury survivors.” –Prof. Mark Sherry, University of Toledo
    "A well-conceived and beautifully written treatise. The book is clear and concise while still offering inspirational material that is obviously close to the author’s heart."—Cheryl E. Daugherty, Issues in Mental Health Nursing
    "Offers a sensitive, innovative, and client-centered approach to working with individuals suffering from TBI."—C. Alexander Simpkins, Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
    "Dr. Lorenz's book, Brain Injury Survivors, Narratives of Rehabilitation and Healing, lights a candle of hope for those who have suffered acquired brain injury--by definition any injury to the brain that occurs after birth and results in functional impairment. Her careful delineation of the effects of this hidden yet pervasive and insidious disability is compelling as well as educational. Her illuminating interviews together with her poignant stories of how survivors are coping illustrate the potential for healing available to those who suffer from this debilitating condition..." —Tasha Halpert Author, Amazon Review

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