A Guide to Living Well with Brain Injury
Michael R. Yochelson, M.D.
and Penny Wolfe, Ph.D.
ISBN 978-1-886236-54-7 • 256 pages, 6x9
Illustrated • Index • hardcover●
Early comments have been
There will always be
accidents, injuries, violence and the unpredictability of life. But one
thing that can ease the journey is a book like
Managing Brain Injury: A
Guide to Living Well with Brain Injury, which offers patients and
families practical, useful information and helps to make some sense out
of what is often, especially initially, a senseless situation.
The brain injury experts
at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital have drawn on their years of
clinical experience to help patients and caregivers cope with the
process of rehabilitation. It’s a realistic look at what patients and
families can expect throughout the journey…. Especially helpful are the
personal stories of hope from men and women who have suffered brain
injury, moved through the rehabilitative process and successfully
rebuilt their lives. I applaud NRH for compiling such a critical
From the Foreword,
Bob Woodruff, ABC News
More than 5 million Americans live with disability caused by a traumatic
brain injury (TBI). That number grows substantially if you include
other (non-traumatic) causes of brain injury. Medstar National Rehabilitation
Hospital (NRH) in Washington, DC, strives to provide the best
rehabilitative care available for these people so they can return to a
life as independent as possible. This book was written by the staff at
NRH to serve as a resource for survivors of brain injury and their
families and caregivers.
Brain Injury affects more than just the survivors of the injury.
It affects their loved ones, friends, and entire social network.
This observation has recently been brought to the forefront of American
society and politics by the significant number of brain injuries
incurred by service members serving their country in Operation Iraqi
Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (in Afghanistan).
While this book focuses on the moderate to
severely injured person who may have very significant impairment , it
will also be highly useful for persons with lesser brain injuries and
their caregivers. Managing Brain injury offers solid and
realistic advice on living well throughout the initial recovery period
and later, as a reference for months and years after the injury.
Managing Brain Injury
is a reader-friendly guide to help brain-injured patients, their
families, and caregivers face the challenge of life following a brain
injury. It helps readers make sense of the roller coaster ride of
emotional and physical changes that can overwhelm both patients and
caregivers. Managing Brain Injury tackles this complex condition
by breaking it down into manageable pieces, providing readers with the
what, how, and why of brain injury and its effects.
Key points at the
end of each chapter are important nuggets of information that distill
the complexities of brain injury rehabilitation even further. Practical
tips throughout the guide take readers step-by-step through the journey
of recovery. The book de-mystifies the serious consequences of brain
injury and the evolving field of brain injury treatment. It arms
patients—and the people who care for them—with both a better
understanding of the changes they have experienced and the know-how to
manage their newly configured lives. Personal stories from patients and
families are also featured and truly inspire hope.
The book includes a
list of critical resources dealing with a host of topics from going to
college after injury to the “how-to” of home care. This is an essential
guide for those facing the challenge of relearning the basics of life
after brain injury. It is a realistic and critical tool on the road to
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