Someone reviewing books about brain injury

Here’s the latest entry — one of my favorite books, and one that made all the difference in my being able to address my own TBIs.

The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

3 thoughts on “Someone reviewing books about brain injury”

  1. This is a fantastic book, full of amazing true accounts of how neuroplasticity can work after brain injury. It’s a hopeful book, one that every neurologist and anyone who works with people with brain injury should read.


  2. Although I have not read the book you suggest, it gives me some hope for personal improvement. I do not think after reading symptoms that I have TBI but my brain may be wired differently. Well, I really wanted to mention an all time favorite read of mine called The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat and other Case Studies by Oliver Sacks. I wasn’t looking for a particular book when someone at a used book store suggested it. I loved the sensitivity of Oliver Sacks. It was also fascinating to read the case studies and his insights. I want to read The Man WHO Forgot How to Read by Howard Engel. I think that he is friends with Oliver Sacks so there is insight in that regard.


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