Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage The Cognitive Challenges Of Multiple Sclerosis

Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage The Cognitive Challenges Of Multiple Sclerosis

by Jeffrey N. Gingold


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Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gipsieee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are the sort of person who learns well from anecdotes about how other people deal with challenges, then this is the sort of book that you would like. I didn't read it when I got it because I opened it to read the first pages, realized that it was going to put me to sleep, then set it down. Now, however, I have more spare thought-power and am enjoying slowly reading through it. The suggestions are not limited to those who have MS, though the examples definitely are. I expect that most Americans could learn something from an ideology that effectively says, "figure out what you can do and when, do it to the best of your abilities, and delegate (or let slide) the rest." Add in a heady dose of not judging yourself against the dreams of a prior self and you have a book that is applicable far beyond its intended target audience.For the intended audience, people dealing with multiple sclerosis, it is that much more profound as most people do not necessarily get told that there are cognitive effects of MS even after they are diagnosed. This book could allow you to see what may be coming and recognize it if it happens. You can't find work-arounds if you don't know what hit you. This book can help you recognize what's going on.All around, a good book. A bit dry, definitely a slow read, but useful.
grunin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This appeal and utility of this book goes well beyond its obvious audience. I recommend it to anyone with a basic interest in 'how thinking works', in either the cognitive or neurological sense, because that is truly what this book is about.It is comprised of articles, mostly by people with MS, who describe their symptoms and coping strategies. The interest lies in the consequences of even very tiny things going wrong, or going missing, and then how those affected find ways to route around the gaps and disruptions. It could easily have become a depressing catalog of morbidities; it never does.
vpfluke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually entered this book into LT some time ago and wrote a review, but this has somehow gotten lost. So, I refound the book, and I still have some notes on this book.My wife, who has MS, got a little bogged down in the book, but I found that if you skipped around, you can get rewarded. I especially liked chapter three, "My Mental Limp" written by Christy Demory. I like the idea of working with your good possibilities, and working around your weaknesses..Typographically, I thought the grey background was not good for people who might have eyesight problems. These are highlighted areas "Mental Sharpening Sones and Perspectives". I might have drawn a black box around these. But htis is a minor point. I think the varieties of books on MS are needed, as each person with MS is different, has different struggles and challenges. I do think the story strategy does work for this book.