Getting Better and Better after Brain Injury: A guide for survivors for living smarter and happier.

 (J. S. Kreutzer, S.Kolakowsky-Hayner). 

This down-to-earth, illustrated book is backed by years of clinical experience, research findings and most of all, the personal lessons learned and advice given from many individuals living with traumatic brain injury. It is filled with worksheets, checklists, and many practical ideas offered by and for survivors. Recognizing that emotional and physical recovery are two different things, this guide tackles the difficult question of, "How can I live like this?" Topics are organized by 25 Great Ideas and feature frank discussions of the many ways that brain injury changes one's life and the personal struggles and challenges that survivors face as they follow their journey of personal growth and recovery

Full Description

This practical book voices the many thoughts, feelings, and reactions that survivors experience but too often do not talk about. With frank conversations and honesty, both positive and negative experiences of survivors are shared as they rebuild their lives after brain injury. This innovative guide provides a framework to help survivors understand recovery, feel better, accomplish more, and improve relationships. Getting better is a skill. Like most skills, improvement comes with practice and hard work.

The content is organized into 25 sections, each reflecting a different idea. Readers are encouraged to look over the ideas in each section and then pick out a starting point. Over days or weeks, readers will understand how to apply the idea to their personal lives. Once readers have successfully applied an idea, they can then move on to another idea and so on. This guide is a tool for building a fuller life that is not just about "reading a book" but is about developing skills and applying the ideas to build a better life.




How to Use this Guide

#1. How can I Live Like This?

#2. Brain injury is Long Term

#3. Extending the Natural Recovery Process

#4. Emotional and Physical Recovery are Two Different Things

#5. Success is Relative

#6. Patience is Important but Not East to Find

#7. You can't do that!

#8. A Good Patient Doesn't Question the Doctor. True or False?

#9. Don't Just Sit There and Wait to Get Better

#10. Writing Things Down in the Best Way to Avoid Confusion and Memory Problems

#11. There's Usually More than One Problem, But It's Hard to Fix More than One at a Time

#12/ First Decide What You Really Want To Do, Then, Figure Out What You Can Really Do and When You Can Really Do it

#13. Trying is Better than Not Trying

#14. Take Your Temperature Often

#15. You Can Start Feeling Better Right Now

#16. Feeling Better is Sometimes a Matter of Attitude

#17. Avoid Being Your Own Worst Enemy

#18. Figuring Yourself Out is Not Easy Whoever You Are

#19. Many People are Better at Recognizing What They Do Wrong

#20. Don't Whip Yourself for Not Doing Better, You Don't Deserve It

#21. More Often than Not, Brain Injury Hurts More than the Survivor

#22. Blaming Other People Probably Won't Make You Better

#23. Watch Out for People Trying to Push Their Advice on You

#24. Having a Brain Injury Doesn't Mean You Won't Have the Same Problems as Other People

#25. Do You Really Want It All Back?


Notes and Ideas

Worksheet: Questions to Ask at My Next Appointment

List: Things to Do


List: Things That Make Me Feel Worse

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