Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis provides real-life techniques garnered from MS patients and their medical providers, sharing their practical methods for pushing back against the disruptive and potentially disabling cognitive symptoms that affect MS patients. The book offers strategies that will assist those living with MS to retain their intellectual faculties through sharpening their mental discipline.
This book is a vital step beyond acknowledging cognitive symptoms and the revealing changes that can affect those living with MS. It will also inform those who know them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The contributing writers of this book serve as exemplars and guides of how to live with and function - despite MS cognitive challenges.
This book includes:
- Tips and tricks for dealing with cognitive issues
- A conversation with Montel Williams
- A conversation with New York Times bestselling author Richard Cohen
- A conversation with Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Mary Mullarkey
- A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Montel Williams MS Foundation
|Publisher:||Springer Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents"Preface
Sharpening Conversations (Jeffrey N. Gingold
Coping Without Yielding: A Conversation with Richard Cohen
Leading by Open Example: A Conversation with Montel Williams
Sharpening with Grace: A Conversation with Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey
A Neurologist's Thoughts on Thinking in Multiple Sclerosis (Eric Maas, MD)
My Mental Limp (Christy Demory)
Popping the Clutch (Dan Waters)
Psychological Coping: Interchanging Puzzle Pieces to Form a Whole (Sharon S. Fedderly, PhD)
The Dance of Life: Transformation to Maintain Strength, Balance, and Focus (Carol Crawford Smith)
Recognizing Cognitive Problems that Occur in Multiple Sclerosis: Defining the Cause (Patricia Kennedy)
Time Out (Shelley Peterman Schwarz)
Mind Over Matter: Lessons in Problem Solving (Eynat Shevil, PhD)
Advocating for True Fortune (Jeffrey N. Gingold)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.