Brainlash: Maximize Your Recovery from Mild Brain Injury (Gail L. Denton, PhD.)
Brainlash is a comprehensive guide that complements medical treatment for anyone with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). This book focuses on maximizing recovery from mild brain injury and covers almost every aspect of everyday life. Patricia Youngman recommends Brainlash as an indispensable “roadmap to recovery” for her patients.
The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook (Douglas J. Mason PsyD, LCSW)
This workbook teaches patients the causes and symptoms of MTBI, lays out the brain injury recovery timeline and realistic recovery goals, and recommends techniques to improve memory, communication and visual-spatial ability. Patricia Youngman recommends the MTBI Workbook as an excellent companion to Brainlash in the “road to recovery.”
Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Diane Roberts Stoller)
Mild traumatic brain injury is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed problems in the United States because MTBI symptoms can mimic stroke, depression, or chronic fatigue syndrome. This resource provides information on the different types of brain injury, and the available treatment options.
Brain Injury Survival Kit (Cheryle Sulivan, MD)
A compendium of “365 Tips, Tools and Tricks to Deal with Cognitive Function Loss” that has life-task techniques and shortcuts compiled from Sulivan’s personal brain injury experience. From basic principles to unique solutions for saving time and energy, this resource gives practical advice on balancing a checkbook, compensating for impaired memory, locating things, finding the right word, concentration exercises, etc.
Brain Rules (John Medina)
Scientists have uncovered brain rules everyone should know. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multitasking a myth? Brain Rules shows how the brain sciences can influence the way we teach and the way we work. Medina describes 12 brain rules – what scientists know for sure about how our brains work – and then offers transformative ideas for daily life.
The Brain That Changes Itself (Norman Doidge, M.D)
Doidge, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, introduces the reader to scientists championing neuroplasticity – the ability for the brain to change itself – and some of the people whose lives have been transformed by these ideas.
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Daniel G. Amen, MD)
This book is written by a psychiatrist and neuroscientist and filled with “brain prescriptions” (including cognitive exercises and nutritional advice) for people experiencing anxiety, depression, impulsiveness, mood swings, and obsessive behavior. It contains brain scans of patients with various neurological problems, and recommends natural remedies for treating disorders that are often handled only with medications.
Spark (John J. Ratey, MD)
Spark reveals “the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain.” It offers a groundbreaking investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain. Spark details how aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.
Organize Yourself! (Ronni Eisenberg and Kate Kelly)
Organize Yourself! gives rules for better time, money, space, and paper management, and reveals a professional organizer’s proven techniques for streamlining daily life. The updated version includes sections on e-mail, PDAs, and other contemporary organizing topics and tools.