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After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories


About the Series

After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories was launched in 2014 to meet the need for a series of books aimed at those who have suffered a brain injury, their families and carers, and professionals who are involved in neuropsychological rehabilitation. Brain disorders can be life-changing events with far-reaching consequences. However, in the current climate of cuts in funding and service provision for neuropsychological rehabilitation, there is a risk that people whose lives have been transformed by brain injury are left feeling isolated with little support.

Because so many of the books on brain injury are written for academics and clinicians they can for the most part be filled with technical and academic language which may be of little help to those directly affected. Instead, this series offers a much-needed personal insight into the experience, as each book is written, in the main, by a survivor or group of survivors, who are living with the very real consequences of brain injury. Each book focuses on a different condition, such as face blindness, amnesia and neglect, or diagnoses, such as encephalitis and locked-in syndrome, resulting from brain injury. Readers will learn about life before the brain injury, early days of diagnosis, the effects of the brain injury, the process of rehabilitation, and life as it is now lived.

Alongside a personal perspective, professional commentary is also provided by a specialist in neuropsychological rehabilitation. The historical context, neurological analyses, data on the condition, treatment, outcome and follow-up, will appeal to professionals working in rehabilitation including psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and rehabilitation doctors. Books in this series will also be of interest to students of clinical psychology, neuropsychology and related courses who value a case study approach as a complement to the more academic books on brain injury.

With this series, we also hope to help expand awareness of brain injury and its consequences. The World Health Organisation has recently acknowledged the need to raise the profile of mental health issues (with the WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013-20) and we believe there needs to be a similar focus on psychological, neurological and behavioural consequences of brain disorder, and a deeper understanding of the role of rehabilitation in making the lives of brain injured people more tolerable. Giving a voice to survivors of brain injury is a step in the right direction.

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Life and Suicide Following Brain Injury: A Personal and Professional Account

Life and Suicide Following Brain Injury: A Personal and Professional Account

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Alyson Norman
April 10, 2020

Life and Suicide Following Brain Injury tells the story of Tom, a 43 year-old man who acquired a brain injury from a road traffic accident at the age of 22. Tom survived but went on to take his own life 20 years later. As a vulnerable adult with mental health issues and long-term difficulties with...

Life After a Rare Brain Tumour and Supplementary Motor Area Syndrome: Awake Behind Closed Eyes

Life After a Rare Brain Tumour and Supplementary Motor Area Syndrome: Awake Behind Closed Eyes

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Alex Jelly, Adel Helmy, Barbara A. Wilson
December 20, 2019

This book offers a personal insight into the experience of Alex Jelly, a professional fundraiser who developed a rare brain tumour, a papillary meningioma, which was successfully removed. She was left with Supplementary Motor Area Syndrome and associated problems including motor and speech...

The Invisible Brain Injury: Cognitive Impairments in Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke and other Acquired Brain Pathologies

The Invisible Brain Injury: Cognitive Impairments in Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke and other Acquired Brain Pathologies

1st Edition

Aurora Lassaletta Atienza
November 14, 2019

The Invisible Brain Injury recounts, in her own words, the experience of Aurora Lassaletta, a clinical psychologist who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a traffic accident. Presenting her unique dual perspective as both a patient and a clinician, Aurora highlights the less visible...

My Life with MS, Bipolar and Brain Injury: Living in the Moment

My Life with MS, Bipolar and Brain Injury: Living in the Moment

1st Edition

Charlie Bacchus, Marie Beau
October 24, 2019

This is the remarkable story of Charlie Bacchus, who was diagnosed with a severe case of viral encephalitis and later with multiple sclerosis and bipolar. This moving, funny, sometimes explicit book charts his life, including recollections of his childhood, the acceptance of his diagnoses and his...

Family Experience of Brain Injury: Surviving, Coping, Adjusting

Family Experience of Brain Injury: Surviving, Coping, Adjusting

1st Edition

Jo Clark-Wilson, Mark Holloway
September 24, 2019

Brain Injury not only affects its victim, but those around them. In many cases, relatives are often overlooked despite facing many obstacles accepting and adjusting to a new way of life. Family Experience of Brain Injury showcases a unique collaboration between relatives of brain injured...

Rebuilding Life after Brain Injury: Dreamtalk

Rebuilding Life after Brain Injury: Dreamtalk

1st Edition

Sheena McDonald, Allan Little, Gail Robinson
April 18, 2019

Rebuilding Life after Brain Injury: Dreamtalk tells the survival story of Sheena McDonald, who in 1999 was hit by a police van and suffered a very severe brain injury. Sheena’s story is told from her own, personal standpoint and also from two further unique and invaluable perspectives. Allan...

Locked-in Syndrome after Brain Damage: Living within my head

Locked-in Syndrome after Brain Damage: Living within my head

1st Edition

Barbara Wilson, Paul Allen, Anita Rose, Veronika Kubickova
July 25, 2018

The newest title in the series Survivor Stories, this book tells the story of Paul Allen, a photographer who likes opera and was a good baritone singer. At the age of 56 he sustained a stroke that left him paralysed and speechless. He has Locked-In Syndrome (LIS), a rare consequence of brain damage...

A Different Perspective After Brain Injury: A Tilted Point of View

A Different Perspective After Brain Injury: A Tilted Point of View

1st Edition

Christopher Yeoh
June 16, 2017

Whilst preparing for his travel adventures into a world he had yet to explore, Christopher Yeoh was involved in a road traffic accident and experienced something few others would be "privileged" to witness. Eight days in a coma, more than a year in and out of hospital and a gradual re-introduction...

Life After Encephalitis: A Narrative Approach

Life After Encephalitis: A Narrative Approach

1st Edition

Ava Easton
February 29, 2016

Encephalitis is a devastating condition whose impact upon people should not be underestimated. It robs people of abilities most of us take for granted, it leaves people without their loved ones, and even in those families where the person affected survives the person they once knew can be...

Surviving Brain Damage After Assault: From Vegetative State to Meaningful Life

Surviving Brain Damage After Assault: From Vegetative State to Meaningful Life

1st Edition

Barbara A. Wilson, Samira Kashinath Dhamapurkar, Anita Rose
February 01, 2016

At the age of twenty eight Gary was assaulted by a gang with baseball bats and a hammer, resulting in several skull fractures and severe brain damage. For nineteen months he had little awareness of his surroundings before he started to show some recovery. This inspirational book documents his...

Identity Unknown: How acute brain disease can destroy knowledge of oneself and others

Identity Unknown: How acute brain disease can destroy knowledge of oneself and others

1st Edition

Barbara A. Wilson, Claire Robertson, Joe Mole
October 20, 2014

Imagine being unable to recognise your spouse, your children, or even yourself when you look in the mirror, despite having good eyesight and being able to read well and name objects. This is a condition which, in rare cases, some brain injury survivors experience every day. Identity Unknown gives...

Life After Brain Injury: Survivors' Stories

Life After Brain Injury: Survivors' Stories

1st Edition

Barbara A. Wilson, Jill Winegardner, Fiona Ashworth
August 27, 2013

This is the first book of its kind to include the personal accounts of people who have survived injury to the brain, along with professional therapists' reports of their progress through rehabilitation. The paintings and stories of survivors combine with experts' discussions of the theory and...

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