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Healing the Traumatized Brain

Coping after Concussion and Other Brain Injuries

Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD, and Vani Rao, MBBS, MD, best-selling authors of The Traumatized Brain

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The essential guide to recovering from concussion and other brain injuries.

Recovering from a brain injury can be a challenging and prolonged process. Learn how to maximize your recovery from the effects of brain injuries with the guidance of Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD, and Vani Rao, MBBS, MD, two leading medical experts with extensive experience helping patients recover from concussion and other brain injuries. Healing the Traumatized Brain explains how the brain works, how injuries affect the brain, and how to use your brain's own power to recover.

This detailed guide contains essential...

The essential guide to recovering from concussion and other brain injuries.

Recovering from a brain injury can be a challenging and prolonged process. Learn how to maximize your recovery from the effects of brain injuries with the guidance of Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD, and Vani Rao, MBBS, MD, two leading medical experts with extensive experience helping patients recover from concussion and other brain injuries. Healing the Traumatized Brain explains how the brain works, how injuries affect the brain, and how to use your brain's own power to recover.

This detailed guide contains essential information on:

• The emotional, behavioral, mental, and physical effects following concussion and other brain injuries
• Medication options and lifestyle changes
• Practical strategies for healing, including stress management, behavioral therapy, and cognitive rehabilitation
• Neuroplasticity and nutrition as they affect recovery
• Behavioral disorders, balance disorders, and hormonal changes following concussion and other brain injuries
• The effects of coexisting factors such as other medical problems, recreational drug use, the misuse of prescribed medications, and poor sleep hygiene
• The science associated with repeated brain trauma and promising therapies on the horizon

Building on the work of Vaishnavi and Rao's best-selling book The Traumatized Brain, this guide is filled with practical information and tips for coping with concussion, injury from a stroke, and other brain injuries.

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Drs. Vaishnavi and Rao offer a clearly written primer for patients with traumatic brain injury and their caregivers. By demystifying concepts from neuropsychiatry and cognitive neurology and by recommending practical advice, they give agency to people whose lives have been deeply disrupted by their neurological conditions.

This book will be a great resource to both clinicians and families. It takes a deeper look into the challenges that a person with a brain injury and their family might encounter as they work to recover after a brain injury.

In Healing the Traumatized Brain, Drs. Vaishnavi and Rao provide a kind, caring approach with keen knowledge of neuropsychiatry. Patients, caregivers, and providers will benefit from their insights and experience. This book is a great resource for my neurology patients and their loved ones.

Vaishnavi and Rao's book reminds the reader, 'You are not alone. There is hope. There is a way forward.' Healing the Traumatized Brain provides explanations, explorations, and simple steps in layman's terms to not only survive the journey to recovery but to thrive. This book is a must-have for anyone affected by a brain injury.

Drs. Vaishnavi and Rao have demonstrated the importance of the neuropsychiatric perspective in taking care of our patients who have sustained a traumatic brain injury and experience emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and physical challenges. Patients and their significant others will find this book valuable and practical.

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352
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9781421446622
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14 line drawings
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Brain Structure and Function
1. The Inner Workings of the Brain
2. The Structure of the Brain
3. Types of Brain Injury
4. Influences on Recovery after Brain Injury
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Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Brain Structure and Function
1. The Inner Workings of the Brain
2. The Structure of the Brain
3. Types of Brain Injury
4. Influences on Recovery after Brain Injury
Part II: Neural Plasticity
5. The Idea of Plasticity
6. Neuroplasticity and Recovery from Brain Injury
7. Behavioral Therapy and Plasticity
8. Stress Management and Plasticity
9. Cognitive Rehabilitation and Plasticity
10. Nutrition and Plasticity
Part III: Emotional Problems Caused by the Traumatized Brain
11. Depression and the Traumatized Brain
12. Mania and the Traumatized Brain
13. Anxiety and the Traumatized Brain
14. PTSD and the Traumatized Brain
Part IV: Behavioral Disorders Caused by the Traumatized Brain
15. Psychosis and the Traumatized Brain
16. Aggression and the Traumatized Brain
17. Impulsivity and the Traumatized Brain
18. Substance Use and The Traumatized Brain
19. Apathy and the Traumatized Brain
20. Sleep and the Traumatized Brain
Part V: Cognitive Issues Caused by the Traumatized Brain
21. Attention and the Traumatized Brain
22. Memory and the Traumatized Brain
23. Executive Function and the Traumatized Brain
24. Language and the Traumatized Brain
Part VI: The Traumatized Brain and the Other Symptoms
25. Headaches and the Traumatized Brain
26. Seizures and the Traumatized Brain
27. Vision and the Traumatized Brain
28. Balance and the Traumatized Brain
29. Hormonal Abnormalities and the Traumatized Brain
Part VII: The Traumatized Brain and the Future
30. Repeated Brain Injuries
31. Future Treatments: Brain Stimulation and Plasticity
Epilogue
Glossary
Resources
Suggested Reading
Index

Author Bios
Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD
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Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD

Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD (CARY, NC), is a faculty member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and an adjunct associate in the Department of Medicine at Duke University. He is also a neuropsychiatrist and the chief medical officer designate at ARC Health.
Vani Rao, MBBS, MD
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Vani Rao, MBBS, MD

Vani Rao, MBBS, MD (SEVERN, MD), is a part-time associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She also has a private practice in Washington, DC.
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Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH

Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, is professor emeritus in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The author of Is It Alzheimer's? 101 Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions about Memory Loss and Dementia, he was the founding director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry and the first holder of the Richman Family Professorship...