Mindstorms: The Complete Guide for Families Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Mindstorms: The Complete Guide for Families Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

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by John W. Cassidy
     
 

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If your loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you know that its effects can be devastating and often difficult to understand. It may feel as if your world has shifted on its axis, and you'll never get your bearings. Navigating your way through the morass of doctors, medical terms, and the healthcare system can be daunting, especially when you…  See more details below

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If your loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you know that its effects can be devastating and often difficult to understand. It may feel as if your world has shifted on its axis, and you'll never get your bearings. Navigating your way through the morass of doctors, medical terms, and the healthcare system can be daunting, especially when you want only what's best for the person you love. Dr. John Cassidy has devoted the past twenty-five years to helping families cope with traumatic brain injury; Mindstorms is his compassionate, comprehensive manual to demystifying this often frightening and life-changing condition.

More than 6.3 million Americans live with a severe disability caused by a traumatic brain injury. In fact, because it's so commonplace, but little talked of, TBI is often referred to as the "silent epidemic." In these pages, Dr. Cassidy walks you through the different types of brain injury; explodes the common myths surrounding it; demonstrates the ways in which TBI may affect memory, behavior, and social interaction; explores the newest options in treatment and rehabilitation; and shows you how to hold on to your own sense of self as you journey through. Along with the practical information you'll need, Mindstorms offers a constellation of instructive, moving stories from families and patients who are slowly, but surely, finding their way back. Their experiences are sure to inspire you and yours.

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Library Journal, Xpress Review, 6/12/09
“A genuinely supportive, well-written, and information-laden guide for caregivers.”

Birmingham News, 2/11/10
“Cassidy’s book is a down-to-earth discussion of a complicated subject. Clear advice and grounded explanations make this a valuable book for anyone who wants to know more about traumatic brain injury.”

Metapsychology Online Reviews, 6/10/10

“A straightforward book…[Cassidy] writes in clear language using many examples from real life, and he is able to explain quite complicated information in simple terms…The book does provide hope that with determined effort, patience, the right medical and rehabilitation resources, and with a great deal of help from their families, people with severe TBI can succeed in their goal to make good lives for themselves.”

Library Journal
★ 10/01/2013
Describes various types of TBIs; their effects on body, mind, social interaction, and personality; and treatments, rehabilitation, and therapy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738212470
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/22/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
540,003
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


John W. Cassidy, MD, an award-winning neouropsychiatrist and former Harvard Medical School professor, founded the traumatic brain injury program at Boston's McLean Hospital and cofounded its neuropsychiatry unit. He is currently the president of Nexus Health Systems and lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife.

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Mindstorms: The Complete Guide for Families Living with Traumatic Brain Injury 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for families and friends of those suffering from brain injuries. It's helpful in its review of the different ways the body, mind, and emotional state can be affected by the injury. It really helped us to navigate the medical world as laypeople and to figure out what questions we should be asking of the professionals. We were able too be better advocates for my dad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a caregiver it is exceedingly difficult to find resources on acquired TBI'S. This book is beyond value to my mom ( who suffered a catostropic brain injury from an innocent fall) and to me as her sole caregiver. If you found this book in a similar quest as mine, count yourself as blessed. It took me a year. A year of precious time wasted. Buy this book now, dont let another day pass by.
MichaelL1 More than 1 year ago
Our son died a little under two years ago, tragically, horribly.  Had we or the "professionals" in which we entrusted our son's fate had Dr. Cassidy's book and the knowledge within it, it's likely our son would have survived.  Today we too often fall prey to the fixed ideas of experts who blithely prescribe treatments and nostrums, not based on what they observe but on their own lazy and arrogant "know-best."  Dr. Cassidy's revelatory work, in simple and passionate language, details the symptoms, causes and best treatments for the "silent epidemic," Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Our son's symptoms were taken as "drug-related psychosis" (although he never once tested positive for drugs).  He went from jail to jail to rehab to jail again during the last holocaust year of an otherwise creative and exuberant life.  His downturn began not with drugs or a sudden shift in the chemicals in the brain, but with a head injury sustained in a motorcycle accident shortly before his behavior shifted 180 degrees.  It's too late to save our son, but it's not too late to save yours or your daughter's, spouse's, or loved one's.  "Mindstorms" will save lives.  And beyond life-saving, it is also life-giving, to those TBI survivors and care-givers who had little hope before.
janerobin More than 1 year ago
John Cassidy has put TBI, a difficult, scary and confusing injury into a wonderfully simplified, informative and easy to understand book. Anyone dealing with a TBI or dealing with someone who has a TBI should get Mindstorms.
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