The TBI Bookstore Has Moved to

After some time of not doing a very good job of formatting the TBI bookstore here, I have relocated to an associates store at It’s easier, it’s quicker, it’s more accurate, and it looks a whole lot better than I was able to do here.

This  blog is offered as a service to those who struggle daily with the challenges of TBI (as well as its “sister condition” PTSD). It’s offered free of charge to all who need it, but I still have bills to pay, so I use a bookstore as a way to support this work.

Blogging regularly is time-consuming, if personally rewarding, work. It takes me away from other activities which would earn me money. I believe in the work and intend to continue it. If you wish to support this work, buying books from my bookstore is one way to do it.

At the store, you can find books about coping with TBI and personal accounts of experiences after brain injury. I have not read all of the books in the store, so I cannot comment on them. But if you’d like to support this site and you’d like to add any of these to your own collection of resources, you can buy them there.

If you’re short on cash, as so many of us are these days, I strongly recommend your public library – especially if they have interlibrary loan. In any case, I do recommend that you check the title out before you purchase it. I have had a lot of experiences of being really turned off by books that were intended to help. But everyone is different, so you be the judge.

19 thoughts on “Bookstore”

  1. I used the link about a month or so ago to order “Brain Injury Survival Kit” by Cheryle Sullivan. It has some good tips on breaking things down to more manageable steps.


  2. I am enjoying reading the book, “The Brain That Changes Itself,” by Norman Doidge, MD. It has incredible stories of how neuroplasticity allows for retraining and strengthening – previously under developed – neuro-pathways to regain function of abilities hindered by brain injuries. This book is such an inspiration for how technology is paving the way for a higher quality of life for so many people.


  3. Yes, I love that book. It really turned things around for me, and it was actually the first piece of hopeful information I found that told me I could create some real changes in my life — just like the others I read about in the book. It’s a great one! I recommend it to everyone.


  4. I am in LOVE with Doige’s work. I started with a Library copy, ordered it from Amazon (purchased long before I saw this – sorry) before the book was even due back — so I could underline, highlight, dog-ear and make margin notes – my copy is a hot mess! I learned long ago that all those mark-ups help the info get IN and link – so its the way I read most brain-based books by habit.

    I plan to require The Brain That Changes Itself as one of the texts for a Brain-Based Coach Training Curriculum I am developing. If I don’t have my own Bookstore working by the time it launches, I’ll send people here to purchase.

    I’m with you on the amount of TIME advocacy takes out of each and every day (as well as its rewards), and probably pinching pennies HARDER, since I don’t work for wages in a “day” job. In development phases, MOST of my time is unbillable, sans tuition payments to offset – so I, too, will be doing the book affiliate route – probably the “donate” route ere long as well.

    Re: other book recommendations — For anyone interested, I have posted several “Required/Recommended” lists on my blog in several categories (ACO Speakers Notes content). Some are TOMES for the reading challenged, however. Although, sans systems & meds in place and working, I struggle more than most with almost all of the Executive Functioning challenges, my reading skills are in the top 1% – thank you God! – so not all my recommendations will be equally suitable.

    DO make use of Amazon’s “read preview” feature or the library to see how YOU fare before you plunk down money.

    Their content is well-worth a teeny bit of struggle to process, using your best study skills (as long as you CAN stay tracked) – but perhaps some are a bit “academic” if you’re new to EF struggles. Once you’ve had some “time in the trenches” you will have picked up enough background that they won’t seem that toug. Don’t stress over it.

    BTW – Anybody reading, give up any “too dumb to learn anymore” thoughts – reading is a cognitive process, not a test of intelligence!! “The name of the game” is GET the info, NOT *read* the info. Don’t shut yourself down for *whatever* you need to do to compensate while you rebuild neural-net – or forevermore!

    Eventually, almost everything I read makes it into my writing and/or a TeleClass of some sort — a sort of Cliff Notes recombo explanation, making connections to functional implications. Many in the ADD community struggle with reading and simply would NOT have access to that info *any* other way — even if I PAID them to read the books. (Cognitively, it’s WAY to much work to be worth it to them for *any* amount of money – even if they COULD do it).

    Once I get money working again, I plan to have a “listen to this article” option on every one.

    Understanding what’s going on, your own underlying “wiring,” and how to compensate until you can retrain, will change your life, upgrade your experience of living, and foster a will to live that may have been missing for more than a little while.

    I speak from *personal* experience of same.

    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC
    – cofounder of the ADD Coaching field –
    (blogging at ADDandSoMuchMore and ADDerWorld – dot com!)
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”


  5. I have no money, but have bookmarked your link and will be using it as both reference and source when I do have money. I just assembled a collection of works on Post Traumatic Growth/Disorder for a thesis I am writing. Although my own experience came from rape as opposed to combat or other sources of trauma, I find the works on combat survival/injury/trauma to be very helpful to my understanding of my own experience as well. I especially recommend “War and the Soul”, by Edward Tick, and “What Doesn’t Kill Us”, by Stephen Joseph. While not specifically focused on TBI, I thought I would mention them here because many who suffer TBI may also find them useful. I’d like to thank Madelyn as well, for the references and comments. I believe I will check out your blog and your recommended reading lists as well… thanks to you both! Meg


  6. I’m beginning to see overlaps between TBI, PTSD, and the original diagnosis of Borderline Personality disorder that was frequently given before PTSD was a legit diagnosis with the publication of the DSM-IV. They are distinct diagnosis, but there is room for overlap and similarity. I’m looking forward to learning more.


  7. Absolutely there is overlap. Personally, I think that TBI can lead to PTSD, by putting you in a permanent state of adrenaline overload, just trying to keep up with everything. It’s cumulative and it does a lot of damage – even before you realize what’s happening. Especially before…


  8. I need to do some further discovering; I never really considered myself to have TBI, despite the 11 concussions, one potential fractured skull (no insurance an I was standing so I never went to the hospital) and what they say was probably a TIA (same thing re: insurance and hospital). Maybe I should look into it, eh? lol — it certainly might help explain some things that still escape my understanding. I always associated it with explosions, etc., but a head injury is a head injury, ad some of mine were pretty far reaching in their efffects and the time it took to ‘heal’. I la really grateful to have found you here; at least I should rule it out or in. Blessed Be


  9. Probably a good idea – concussions are TBIs, after all. If nothing else, it will give you a bit more information to use to live your life to the fullest. For me, figuring it all out was the first step to getting on with my life and not being stopped by all those “invisible” issues I had that I never wanted to actually look at, or was never able to isolate and understand. It threw me for a loop, at first, then it let me get my life back.


  10. I was given a contact number for TBI info/help at an emergency room within the last year; I’ll have to dig it out out get it again. It would be good do have explanations for what I’ve always dismissed (somewhat tastelessly, in light of what others have suffered, but I was only referring to myself) as ‘drain bamage’. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement; I’ve been a little hesitant about getting it checked out because I know how severe it can be and didn’t want to seem to be jumping on a ‘trendy’ diagnosis. But there are some issues that aren’t quite PTSD, aren’t quite… definable, so far. I’ll do some more reading and get my head checked 🙂


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