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Brainlash: Maximize Your Recovery From Brain Injury

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Mild traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone, anytime; in cars, sports, or workplace accidents, falls, or through physical assault, including domestic violence and shaken-baby syndrome. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, and that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI.

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Overview

Mild traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone, anytime; in cars, sports, or workplace accidents, falls, or through physical assault, including domestic violence and shaken-baby syndrome. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, and that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI.

Brainlash provides the tools and facts to make the recovery process more intelligible— and to support the wide range of people affected by MTBI. For patients, family members, physicians and other health care providers, attorneys, health insurance companies, employers and others, it covers options and services, health and vocational issues, medicolegal topics, psychological and emotional implications, and more!

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Foreword by James S. Brady
"As a survivor of a brain injury, the author provides valuable insights' does a good job of providing personal insights in an accessible, understandable, and practical way." - Elliot J Roth, MD, (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

"... Brainlash will prove invaluable for employers, support groups, health care providers, and legal representatives to better understand mild traumatic brain injury and recovery options."—Midwest Book Review

"This comprehensive guide complements medical treatment for anyone with mild brain injury. Its down-to-earth, practical advice covers virtually every aspect of the recovery process... Brainlash provides the tools and facts to make the recovery process more intelligible and to support the wide range of people affected by mild traumatic brain injury."—American Rehabilitation

"Techniques used by Denton to help her in her own recovery are amazing and should be considered by others going through similar situations... Any person involved in any aspect of brain injury would do great benefit to themselves by reading this important book."— From the Foreword by James S. Brady

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Reviewer: Elliot Roth, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book is written for people with brain injury by someone who has been through it. It provides personal insights, useful information, and practical suggestions for people with brain injuries and their families.
Purpose: The intent is to provide persons with brain injury "an articulate interpretation of their experiences," and for the author to share the knowledge and insights that she gained during her recovery from brain injury. She offers the book "as a way of understanding the depth and breadth of the road ahead for everyone involved in the process of recovery."
Audience: This book is specifically directed at persons with brain injury and their families. As a survivor of a brain injury, the author provides valuable insights.
Features: The author addresses the many personal, family, social, and lifestyle issues that arise after brain injury, cognitive functioning, emotional responses, and some of the more technical medical issues. The most useful sections of the book are the personal insights and suggestions for how to deal with seemingly minor (but often important and impactful) situations that arise in day-to-day activities. These sections are the strongest. Medical issues are handled adequately, but not as well as the social and practical daily activities.
Assessment: Several books have been written by persons with brain injury about their experiences dealing with it. This one does a good job of providing personal insights in an accessible, understandable, and practical way.
James S. Brady
"As a survivor of a brain injury, the author provides valuable insights' does a good job of providing personal insights in an accessible, understandable, and practical way." - Elliot J Roth, MD, (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)"... Brainlash will prove invaluable for employers, support groups, health care providers, and legal representatives to better understand mild traumatic brain injury and recovery options."—Midwest Book Review"This comprehensive guide complements medical treatment for anyone with mild brain injury. Its down-to-earth, practical advice covers virtually every aspect of the recovery process... Brainlash provides the tools and facts to make the recovery process more intelligible and to support the wide range of people affected by mild traumatic brain injury."—American Rehabilitation"Techniques used by Denton to help her in her own recovery are amazing and should be considered by others going through similar situations... Any person involved in any aspect of brain injury would do great benefit to themselves by reading this important book."— From the Foreword by James S. Brady
From The Critics
Reviewer: Eliot J Roth, MD(Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book is written for people with brain injury by someone who has been through it. It provides personal insights, useful information, and practical suggestions for people with brain injuries and their families.
Purpose: The intent is to provide persons with brain injury "an articulate interpretation of their experiences," and for the author to share the knowledge and insights that she gained during her recovery from brain injury. She offers the book "as a way of understanding the depth and breadth of the road ahead for everyone involved in the process of recovery."
Audience: This book is specifically directed at persons with brain injury and their families. As a survivor of a brain injury, the author provides valuable insights.
Features: The author addresses the many personal, family, social, and lifestyle issues that arise after brain injury, cognitive functioning, emotional responses, and some of the more technical medical issues. The most useful sections of the book are the personal insights and suggestions for how to deal with seemingly minor (but often important and impactful) situations that arise in day-to-day activities. These sections are the strongest. Medical issues are handled adequately, but not as well as the social and practical daily activities.
Assessment: Several books have been written by persons with brain injury about their experiences dealing with it. This one does a good job of providing personal insights in an accessible, understandable, and practical way.
Library Journal
★ 10/01/2013
Leads survivors through the sometimes overwhelming aspects of rebuilding their life following a brain injury. Indispensable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603408
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 458,030
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Gail Denton is both a psychotherapist and a brain injury survivor. She wrote Brainlash to make sense of her experience and to share what she learned along the way. She presents a way of understanding the depth and breadth of the road ahead for everyone involved in the process of recovery.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Questionnaire
Case Studies
Lifestyle Changes and Challenges
For Family Members
Support Systems
Work
Driving
Play
Sex
Re-Entry. Executive Function
Attention Span and Overwhelm
Talking and Thinking
Sequencing
Stamina, Fatigue, and Energy
Risk and Initiation
Inhibitions and Appropriateness
New Abilities and New Skills
Retrain Your Brain
Remembering What You Know
Humor
Power Nap
A Good Brain Day
Journaling. Physical Issues
Vision
Pain
Relapse
Medical Therapies
Nutrition. Emotions and Denial
Depression
But What If . . . Ideations
Anger and Forgiveness
Self-Esteem
Deja Vu
Resources

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

    THE First resource for brain injury patients..A gift to victims and families alike.

    I stumbled upon Gail Denton's Brainlash in my public library. I have since bought many copies for myself and those in my support group.

    As one who suffers from a TBI, I actually cried as I began this book. In the well organized table of contents is a thorough list of how a brain injury patient's life and family are affected. This is the journey of a brain injury patient, the author Gail Denton, who finds she has a particular gift resulting from her injury.

    Brainlash is so appealing and compelling that I carry Brainlash with me as a source of comfort. As a lay person, it is readable and even includes segments for the family, explaining what has happened to their loved one (in generalities) with compassion. Filled with specific resources and personal suggestions such as journaling, caring for yourself,and exercising when/if you can, I found compassion and understanding in these pages. This journey of ours is long, and for some of us, lonely. Gail Denton is able to express what I am not capable of putting into words.

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