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The Traumatized Brain

By: Vani Rao MBBS MD,Sandeep Vaishnavi MD PhD,Peter V. Rabins MD MPH - foreword
Narrated by: Perry Daniels
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A traumatic brain injury is a life-changing event, affecting an individual's lifestyle, ability to work, relationships - even personality. Whatever caused it - car crash, work accident, sports injury, domestic violence, combat - a severe blow to the head results in acute and, often, lasting symptoms. People with brain injury benefit from understanding, patience, and assistance in recovering their bearings and functioning to their full abilities.

In The Traumatized Brain, neuropsychiatrists Drs. Vani Rao and Sandeep Vaishnavi - experts in helping people heal after head trauma - explain how traumatic brain injury, whether mild, moderate, or severe, affects the brain. They advise listeners on how emotional symptoms such as depression, anxiety, mania, and apathy can be treated; how behavioral symptoms such as psychosis, aggression, impulsivity, and sleep disturbances can be addressed; and how cognitive functions like attention, memory, executive functioning, and language can be improved. They also discuss headaches, seizures, vision problems, and other neurological symptoms of traumatic brain injury.

By stressing that symptoms are real and are directly related to the trauma, Rao and Vaishnavi hope to restore dignity to people with traumatic brain injury and encourage them to ask for help.

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A MUST HAVE for caregivers/family!!!!

I’m a spouse of a combat vet suffering from several TBIs. I am also a nurse, so I looked for resources that give factual, scientific, and evidence based practice information. The TBIs uprooted our entire lives and left me feeling lost and helpless while I watched my spouse suffer. This book was a great refresher for me. It also introduced new concepts and ways I could help my spouse as well as myself. It does a great job of presenting just enough medical information to understand TBIs without overwhelming readers/listeners without a medical background. This is a great starting point for understanding TBIs. It is general and covers several types of TBIs, signs and symptoms, psychiatric diagnoses, and common medications and treatment options. After listening to this book, I know now what specific resources/topics I need to research next for our specific situation. I have been better able to talk my spouse through episodes and identify triggers. I have been able to help him organize a healthier life style knowing the significant impact it has on his mental health. I better able to support my spouse and also know what to watch for to identify any new issues.

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Disappointing...

Nothing new here. Same old, stale information that is in most of the TBI literature available today. What a shame. I suffered a severe TBI in 2004 and I am constantly looking for new science on the topic. No such luck here. I DO NOT RECOMMEND. 1/5